FESTIVAL OF CHICHESTER REVIEW: A Box of Choral Delights, Chichester Chorale

Chichester Chorale has once again triumphed with a wonderful evening concert of choral music.

Under the expert guidance of Musical Director Arthur Robson the singers presented the full house at Boxgrove Priory with a well chosen and beautifully executed programme by composers as varied as Handel, Vivaldi, and Elgar with a less well known piece by Mozart included for good measure. The choir were accompanied by a talented group of musicians, including Jonathon Hope on the organ, who also played a charming set of 4 pieces for mechanical clock by Hayden.

The singers show increasing sensitivity, versatility and musicality, and their rendition of the A Capella ‘christe adoramus te’ by Monteverdi was a particular highlight. A special mention also for the Elgar selection in the second half of the evening.

The Chorale were pleased to welcome back the young soprano soloist, Katie Alder who delighted the audience with her impressive vocal ability, ( and vocal agility) singing works by Vivaldi and Handel.

The evening concluded with the well loved Handel Coronation Anthem ‘Zadok the Priest’, sung with obvious enjoyment by all, ably supported by the trumpeter Eddie Maxwell, bringing to a close a concert that was truly a ‘box of delights’

Alison Mobbs