Candlelit carols in a beautiful setting

By The Post  
Saturday 25th December 2021 8:00 am
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The Waverley Singers were on fine form for their Carols by Candelight at a beautifully decorated St Lawrence Church in Alton on December 4.

A full and appreciative audience joined in with the traditional Christmas favourites. The choir performed a varied programme, from the contemplative, such as A Maiden Most Gentle and Mary’s Lullaby, to the unashamedly jolly, including Jingle Bells and the Wassail Song.

Conductor Richard Pearce was joined by his father, Michael Pearce, singing baritone solos. As the picture shows, they clearly enjoyed performing together.

The choir was accompanied by Philip Scriven, an essential member of the Waverley Singers family, who also delighted the listeners with his impressive organ solos on the magnificent church organ. A retiring collection generously supported the St Lawrence Church Organ Restoration Fund. The choir was delighted to be back singing live.

The 2022 programme starts with a choral workshop on January 15 at South Farnham School, exploring Mozart’s wonderful Mass in C Minor. This will be the main work in a concert at Farnham Maltings on April 3.

The workshop and concert are open to new singers at a reduced membership fee – full details are at waverleysingers.com – and rehearsals are on January 6 and 13.

June 18 will see a performance of Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor, postponed from March 2020 by Covid. It is rare for choral societies to put on this mighty work given the range of orchestral resources required, and the choir hopes for a good audience at St Andrew’s Garrison Church in Aldershot.

The season concludes on July 2 with a joint performance with Romsey Choral Society in Romsey Abbey of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius.

(PHOTO: SIMON CLAIDEN)

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