The Spring Concert held on 10th March at St Bartholomew’s Church, Haslemere, had a new dynamic to it. The children from St Bartholomew’s CoE Primary School joined FYC and walked on poised, and with a great air of professionalism for such young singers. Together they opened with Festive Alleluia by Lyn Williams, with every performer transfixed on conductor Joanna Tomlinson.
The younger children then joined the audience to experience the most beautiful choral blend of O Virtus Sapientiae (Hildegard von Bingen) by candlelight. In stark contrast was Joshua (arranged by Kirby Shaw); the impact of such a powerful sound was dramatic and with such precision a sea of faces communicated so earnestly.
And Then We Knew Peace was specially commissioned for FYC, and speaks of being “united by music” as these singers certainly are! It was especially moving. The Seal Lullaby (Eric Whitacre) was performed with the most beautifully exquisite lilting phrases, and its effect was spine-tingling and full of emotion.
The finale was Alleluia Jubilate by James Whitbourn and was sung by both the school choir and FYC. They made a rousing sound. What a wonderful experience for these young singers!
By Carolyn Smith