A near capacity audience sat among the Christmas trees of the annual festival to enjoy the Brass and Voices Concert in St. George’s Church on Sunday, 16th December. This was the perfect setting for a programme of music and readings to put one in the mood for Christmas-tide.
The afternoon was a great tribute to South Derbyshire Music Centre with which all the performing groups are associated. Cantabile, the adult choir, were in fine voice under their conductor, Philip King, and produced a well balanced sound in a range of familiar and less well-known seasonal pieces. It was the first time that the Centre’s Youth Choir had sung in this annual event and they performed beautifully with their conductor, Sara Kimber.
The members of the Seale Brass Quintet are all tutors at SDMC and their wonderfully mellow tone matched the Church acoustics perfectly and also provided the right accompaniment for the communal carols.
The music was interspersed with readings by Stephen Betteridge-Sorby, each well chosen for a pre- Christmas event. Afterwards the very appreciative audience was served with mulled wine and mince pies.