Dreams, dances and desire in annual Cathedral Concert

A packed Canterbury Cathedral was the backdrop to Saturday’s performance by the University Chorus and Symphony Orchestra of Berlioz’s epic Symphonie fantastique and Beethoven’s rousing Mass in C.

WP_20160305_001The long day began bright and early with the crew arriving at the concert-hall to load two vans with all the equipment needed, and unfolded across the day with the arrival of additional percussion in the form of two tuned bells and an additional timp, plus not one but two harpists.

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The Music Society Committee (and interlopers) overrun the soloists’ chairs…
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Chorus and Orchestra in rehearsal

Soloists Sally Silver and Kiri Parker were joined by University alumni Andrew Macnair and Piran Legg for the Beethoven, which in a hushed ‘Agnus Dei’ brought the concert to a close.

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The four soloists rehearsing Beethoven
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Not seeing double: a brace of harps
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Image: Molly Hollman
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Percussionist Cory Adams tuning up prior to the performance
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Orchestra and Chorus in position for the evening performance
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Orchestra tunes up prior to the Berlioz

The Orchestra and Chorus will be back in action next month on Sunday 3 April in a Sunday afternoon programme of music by Copland, Bernstein and Gershwin.

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