Chigwell Choral Concert
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Spitalfields Spectacular

The annual Spring Choral Concert, in the fabulous venue of Christ Church Spitalfields, provided a musical blend of great colour and vibrancy, providing something for all to enjoy.  The choir gave a unique opportunity for the whole Chigwell School community to come together including parents, staff, pupils and Old Chigwellians.  The evening started with Karl Jenkins’ Te Deum, the flowing choral lines doubled with enthusiastic rhythmic punctuations from the trumpets and percussion.  The 2016 Chigwell School Musician of the Year winner, Aaran Vijayakumaran, then presented Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor Op. 26, the highlight being the tenderness and passion of the middle movement.  Mendelssohn’s  double quartet For He shall Give his Angels started the second half, with beautiful dovetailing of phrases and melodies.  The finale to the evening was Bernstein’s wonderful setting of the Chichester Psalms.  The performance was brought to life with the singing in Hebrew using the melodic and rhythmic contours of the language with the added timbre of strings, brass and woodwind and the modern sonorities and harmonies of Bernstein’s imagination. 

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