The venue has a fine acoustic and excellent back-up facilities for the forty-five strong group. The highlights included first performances of Alleluia and the mesmeric Rain Dream, both new compositions acquired from the Australian national choir, Gondwana Voices, who visited Farnham last July, outstanding solo performances from Hannah Poulsom, Anna Leon and Tegan Creedy and a sensitive performance of five excerpts from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. The finale - Michael Bojesen’s Eternity - also made a great impact. The new members sung several of the items and are working hard in special extra rehearsals to build up expertise in the wider repertoire.
The audience was modest in number - competing events included England’s rugby semi-final - but hugely appreciative. Commented musical director David Victor-Smith: "We all enjoy coming to St John’s and the performance reflected great credit on the experience of established members, and the real effort put in by those who joined barely a month ago".
Farnham Youth Choir’s ‘Newcomers’ Concert’ - the debut performance of the 2007/8 choir, with fifteen new members facing an audience for the first time - took place at St John’s Church Farncombe on October 13th. The occasion measured up fully to expectations.