Review on “Canciones del Verano” (South – American choral music, June, 2017)

Continuing their programme of informal summer concerts, Musical Director Sarit Aloni put together an ambitious programme of rhythmic and melodic South American Music, Canciones Del Verano, for the Larkhill Choral Society continuing to expand the repertoire of this accomplished choir. The Larkhill Choral Society is always ready to rise to a challenge and with words in Spanish and Portuguese and rhythms including bossa nova, salsa, samba and bolero they gave us a joyous summer concert. The first half of the programme opened with the lively folk song Caballo Viejo accompanied by Benjamin Jarvis, piano, Gregg Mudd on double bass and Simon Sheffield on Guitar. A bolero, Solamene Una was followed by the playful and hectic music alternating between four voice parts in the folksong, El Gaban, from Venezuala. The choir was joined in the first half of the programme by Simon Sheffield on classical guitar who gave us a virtuoso performance of three Venezuelan Waltzes. Soprano Zoe Nielsen, a member of the choir was accompanied by Benjamin Jarvis on piano in a beautiful madrigal De los Alamos Vengo, Madra by Rodrio and Hilary Sharland, mezzo-soprano, brought us to the interval with two traditional Spanish folksongs by Manuel de Falla. The second half of concert opened with Sarit Aloni accompanied by Simon Sheffield on guitar bringing us a flavour of Latin America and Spain and showing the range of her fine soprano voice in songs from the romantic, to the tragic, Alfonsina y el Mar. . The choir returned with the much loved Besame Mucho, a bolero by Consuelo Velasquez and the exuberant Summer Song, Que madie Sepa mi sufri, had the audience clapping along with the rhythm and demanding more of this music. The choir are to be congratulated on their virtuosity not only singing in unfamiliar languages but taking on the Latin American rhythms with panache and style. The next concert will be on Saturday 9 December – Vivaldi’s Gloria and Christmas carols. New members are always welcome, for more information and tickets: www.larkhillchoralsociety.org.uk

Ashton Gifford News, Barbara Tomlinson June 2017

Review on “Canciones del Verano” (South – American choral music, June, 2017)

If, on 24 June, you were lucky enough to have a ticket to The Larkhill Choral Society’s latest concert, Caniones del Verano, you will undoubtedly share my enthusiasm for the evening. If not, you missed a rare treat. Caniones del Verano, or ‘Songs of Summer’, was a wonderfully uplifting collection of South American music for choir and classical guitar. This genre of music was largely unknown to me but, right from opening song, Caballo Viejo, with its maracas and upbeat tempo, I knew I was going to fall in love with the music. Sarit Aloni, the ‘Larks’ Music Director, did a fantastic job of conducting, singing solo pieces, playing the maracas, and helping the audience to clap along in time – a feat that takes the concept of ‘multi-tasking’ to a whole new level. Desperate to hear the music again, I was thrilled to discover the songs by the choir are available on You Tube. To get a flavour of the delights we experienced that evening, enter Caballo Viejo Sarit Aloni into the search bar of You Tube. From there, you will easily find several of the other songs. What you won’t find are the superb guitar pieces by Simon Sheffield, nor the solos, of which I particularly enjoyed newcomer Zoe Neilson’s De los alamos vengo, madre.

Lulu Spink, Teacher June 2017

Press Release

LARKHILL Choral Society performed Autumn and Winter of The Seasons by Haydn just before Christmas at the Larkhill Regimental Church. It was so good it made me go home and buy a CD...All this was suggested by the Stella Quartet - quite an achievement from four stringed instruments and a harpsichord. Mists and metaphors fitted the Salisbury Plain music – making exactly in this winter concert. There were great risks and great rewards for both audience and performers on this extraordinary night in December.

Frances Howard Valley News January 2015

Local newspaper June 2012
Larkhill Choral Society in performance,
Amesbury Abbey Church , Wiltshire.

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