Gisborne Singers in top form again
The Gisborne Singers’ sell-out November concerts in Woodend and New Gisborne saw the choir reach new heights under the passionate direction of conductor and choirmaster Stephen Brockman.
The program was a challenging one that the choir - wonderfully supported by an orchestra of mainly young musicians and four professional soloists – met with gusto.
The first half of the program saw works by Schutz, Handel, Bruckner and Mozart nicely alternated between the choir and the soloists: Christina Russo (soprano), Tomas Dalton (tenor), Manfred Pohlenz (bass) and Kristen Leich (mezzo soprano). It was good to learn that American born Kristen is now a Macedon Ranges resident and we look forward to hearing her beautiful voice again with the Singers at future concerts.
The Requiem, Mozart’s final work before his untimely death at the age of 35, filled the second half of the program, with the full range of the choir’s voices reaching at some times the sombre depths of fear and sadness and at others the soaring glories of faith and hope.
I can’t wait to see what Stephen and the choir have in store for us in 2015.