Mozart Masterpieces - Brandenburg Sinfonia - Streatham Choral

On Saturday 30th March 2019 I traveled to St. Peter’s Church on Leigham Court Road in Streatham to perform Mozart’s Krönungsmesse (Coronation Mass) [K.317] and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore [K.339] with the Brandenburg Sinfonia and Streatham Choral. The well-attended concert, entitled Mozart Masterpieces, featured Ave Verum Corpus [K. 618], Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Exultate Jubilate [K.165] and the Coronation Mass.

Streatham Choral did an excellent job under their conductor Calum Fraser and their first piece (Ave Verum Corpus) was impressively sung ‘off-copy’. Catriona Hewitson (soprano) did a fantastic job in the Exultate Jubilate. It was a pleasure to listen to this piece in its entirety, as the Alleluia is so often heard in seclusion from the rest of this solo motet. Instrumentally, the horn section (of Jonathan Williams and Nick Benz) was excellent and the oboe section (of Rachel Broadbent and Penny Smith) played beautifully throughout. I enjoyed playing in a (modern) trumpet section with my good friend and fellow RNCM alumni Nick Wright.

Photographer Anne-Marie Sanderson was present during the rehearsal and concert and choir member Alison Wareham wrote an excellent blog article on the Streatham Choral website called ‘Mastering Mozart?’ which is well worth a read.

It was a very enjoyable day of music - well done all!

Russell Gilmour
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