The programme was deliberately chosen to appeal to a wide variety of tastes and with a notable nod in the direction of mothers and motherhood. The choir was in peak condition - delighting the audience with French Impressionism, German Romanticism and contemporary music from the likes of Whitacre, Patriquin and Artley - with piano accompaniments beautifully provided by choir member Chris Artley. The changes were rung as the choir moved seamlessly from thrilling polychoral music into SA only and TB only arrangements - providing the audience with a rich variety of choral combinations. As is our custom, a spot prize of a bouquet of flowers was presented to a mother - with the choir serenading appropriately with a Mother as Lovely as You.
The recital featured celebrated New Zealand soprano Jennifer Maybee, who not only presented three beautiful solo items, but who also performed with the women of the choir in David Hamilton's Ave Maria. We were particularly delighted that Jennifer was able to join us on this occasion; besides being a mother herself, her association with the choir is linked to the fact that she is married to the choir's Board of Trustee's Chairman - Laurie Kubiak! Conductor, Terence Maskell, provided a spoken commentary throughout - informative and anecdotal - ensuring concert patrons had useful background knowledge of the music. Tributes following the recital were generous - many saying that the choir had surpassed all expectations, providing a choral treat of the highest calibre. If you weren't there - you missed a splendid afternoon's entertainment, and we are certain that you will want to mark our next Mother's Day tribute in your diaries now (Sunday 12 May 2019)