Bel Canto get anniversary season off to a rousing start

The Bel Canto choir performed for Tickhill Music Society

The Bel Canto choir performed for Tickhill Music Society

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The first concert of Tickhill Music Society’s 40th anniversary season featured the splendid Bel canto chamber choir.

Their programme began with Hubert Parry’s I Was Glad, accompanied on the organ by Jonathan Gooing.

The rich Love Divine, by Howard Goodall had support from the harpsichord, also used for a melodious Canticle by Fauré.

After an extended organ introduction the choir revelled in the rousing Zadok the Priest by Handel.

Verdi’s Chorus of Hebrew Slaves and Mascagni’s Easter Hymn completed the first half.

A medley of popular tunes from Bernstein’s West Side Story opened the second half, followed by two unaccompanied part songs by Sullivan, The Long Day Closes and The Lost Chord.

After a rare piece by Elgar, the choir swung into Gershwin’sI got Rhythm and Ain’t Misbehaving, before ending with in fine style with a Cole Porter medley, much enjoyed by a large and appreciative audience.

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