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Handel Coronation Anthems (page 96)
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Performers Scottish Chamber Choir; St Giles Chamber Ensemble, Michael Harris (Conductor)
Venue St. Mary's Cathedral (Venue 15)
Address Palmerston Place
Reviewer Angus Tully

In this, the Queen's Golden Jubilee year, many choirs have sought out their copies of Zadok the Priest and other Handel "classics" for many a rendition, and so it was perhaps right that the Fringe too should contribute to the celebrations as they near their end. The Scottish Chamber Choir are a fine choral outfit consisting of approximately 30 singers. They were formed in the late 1960's and perform regularly throughout Scotland. They are conducted by St. Giles' Master of Music, Michael Harris.

The opening work was Handel's Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened and, in a piece that has one of my favourite Handel orchestral introductions, the Choir's entry was bold yet sprightly. What followed was a fine example of a verse-anthem, O sing unto the Lord a new song, composed by Henry Purcell. It is probably not a 'regular'in the Choral repertoire but nevertheless Purcell is always good value. The contrasting sections between chorus and soloist were well-executed and dramatic.

The penultimate item before the interval was a Magnificat by G. Pergolesi. Perhaps this work would have created a greater impact had it be performed in its proper liturgical context, but as it was, it proved to be a little undistinguished. The last piece was Zadok the Priest and was slightly disappointing. Firstly, the strings sounded a little scrappy in the introduction and secondly, the choir failed to make the opening lines sound as majestic as perhaps they might have done.

The second half was all Handel, featuring: Arrival of the Queen if Sheba, The King shall Rejoice and My Heart is Inditing. A much more convincing performance was given by all concerned. The soloists all seemed slightly more assured, as were the orchestra and, although everything was verging on the slightly fast, under Harris's direction all was well.
© Angus Tully. 13 August 2002. Published on EdinburghGuide.com

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