Stamford Bridge Singers at the Bar Convent
For a number of people the season of Advent starts with the Stamford Bridge Singers at the Bar Convent. Stuart Nettleship, ably accompanied by Geoffrey Coffin, presented a selection of music and bible readings for Advent in the wonderfully warm and welcoming acoustic of the Chapel at the Bar Convent.
There was a good mixture of very well-known pieces, including congregational hymns and carols, but also some less well known readings as well as some more modern musical items and so for new people in the audience as well as the ‘regulars’ there was something to savour.
A particular favourite with the choir was William Mathias’s Sir Christèmas with its spikey rhythms and scrunchy chords. Benjamin Britten’s New Year Carol provided a real contrast and showed that the choir can sing sensitively, softly and gently.
This celebration of Advent was led by the Revd. Maggie Ellison, a member of the choir and the bible readings, read by seven members of the choir, were presented clearly and with understanding.
From the opening music, The Matin Responsory attributed to Palestrina, to the final carol, Mendelssohn’s rousing Hark the Herald Angels Sing this was a fitting start to the season of Advent and showed the range and versatility of the choir.