November 12th 2016
St Margaret’s Church, Ilkley
Verdi & Faure
On a poignant Remembrance weekend, the choice of music for the concert between Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies was very fitting -
The Requiem started with the moving Introit et Kyrie, the multiple voices contrasting perfectly between the quiet, dark phrases and the enlightening passages. Within the Offertoire, the 100-
12 year old treble soloist, Dane Aguete (Choir of Leeds Cathedral) gave a flawless performance of Pie Jesu. Choir and accompanying organ achieved excellent interpretations of Agnus Dei and Libera me, the latter including the emotive "Dies irae" from the full choir.
In the final section, In Paradisum, the organ and choir matched each other perfectly to give a suitable conclusion to the work, ending quietly as befitting a Requiem.
In the second item, Cantique de Jean Racine, the Musical Director, Barry Jordan, conducted a very well-
Resident organist and Director of Music at St Margaret's, Christopher Rathbone (accompanist for the whole concert), completed the first half with an organ solo, Pièce Héroïque in B minor also by Franck, a wonderfully crafted composition which matched the tone of the evening excellently.
For the second half, the choir undertook an accomplished performance of Four Sacred Pieces by Giuseppe Verdi -
Ilkley Gazette 17 November 2016