from the Wokingham Times, November 2002
THIS performance of Hadyn's Creation, which is one of his happiest compositions, was the debut of Wokingham Choral's new Conductor, Aidan Oliver. His conducting style is simple and very clear and his reading of the piece led to a performance which was full of the sheer joy of the music. The choir responded to his lead with their usual neat and nimble alacrity and clarity.
The contrast between the two sentences in "despairing, cursing rage..." was striking; the clear, confident attack of "Awake the harp..." was joyous; in Forever blessed..." their tone gently accompanied Adam and five and "Sing the Lord..." was, quite simply, grand. Robert Rice was an eloquent Raphael in his description of the creation of living creatures. The three soloists were well balanced in their Trios.
The Sinfonia Britannica Provided the orchestral accompaniment on appropriate period instruments which balanced beautifully with the singing.
ON December 14 at 7.30pm, the Society will be giving its annual Carol concert at St Paul'sChurch. This is always a very enjoyable occasion, full of surprises as well as old favourites.