REVIEW: Shoreham Oratorio Choir, Christmas concert

Shoreham Oratorio Choir performed their Christmas concert at St Mary de Haura Church, Shoreham
Shoreham Oratorio Choir performed their Christmas concert at St Mary de Haura Church, Shoreham

THE Shoreham Oratorio Choir performed their Christmas concert, entitled Tidings of Joy, to a packed St Mary de Haura Church on Saturday, December 14.

The repertoire, chosen by their director of music and conductor, Tony Allen, included Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams and In Terra Pax by Gerald Finzi, as well as a selection of carols for the choir and audience.

The choir was complemented by two young and talented soloists.

Louissa Osorio-Denney, soprano, at just 19 and a former pupil at Brighton and Hove High School, has recently won the Adjudicator’s Prize for the best senior vocalist at last summer’s Springboard Performing Arts Festival in Brighton.

The Guernsey born baritone Casey-Joe Rumens, is 22 and in his third year at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. He is already becoming hugely experienced, having performed several recent operatic roles, including Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote and Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.

Music was provided by the strings and percussion of the Shoreham Oratorio Ensemble, with James Watson providing accompaniment to the carols on the church organ.

Nicola Grunberg, the choir’s rehearsal pianist, again provided her selection of ‘jazzy carols’, which were enjoyed by all.

The audience was treated to mince pies and a warming drink afterwards.

The choir begins its next round of rehearsals in January, focusing on the wonderfully melodic Crucifixion by John Stainer and Christus by Felix Mendelssohn, which will be performed on Good Friday.

More details of dates and times can be found at www.shoreham-oratorio-choir.co.uk – which also has photos from the Christmas concert.