Saint Paul - Oratorio Concert

Arts

​Mendelssohn’s oratorio ‘Saint Paul’ is rarely performed in this country, but the KGS musical community gave a magnificent performance at the Rose Theatre on March 15th, under the skillful direction of KGS Director of Music Moritz von Freyhold.

The choirs had clearly been extremely well prepared and the text was well enunciated.

Professional soloists (Charlotte-Anne Shipley, Norbert Meyn and Samuel Evans) and the Kingston Sinfonietta, led by Julie Monument, had been engaged for the occasion. This gave a splendid opportunity for the young singers of the School Choir and Chamber Choir, as well as the KGS Choral Society, to take part in a high quality musical performance.

The theatrical venue was well suited to the dramatic nature of the narrative of Saul’s journey from persecutor of the early Christians to Christian leader via his conversion on the road to Damascus, with subtle use of lighting effects adding to the musical impact.

The choirs had clearly been extremely well prepared and the text was well enunciated. Above all a very impressive array of musical talent was on show, evidence of how KGS music continues to thrive. Events such as this, of course, do not happen without a lot of work behind the scenes and it is important to acknowledge the substantial contributions and support of many KGS staff – Miss Hyde, Mr Tierney and Mr Selimi, but particularly Mrs Watkins, who held the event together with her inimitable style.

Extracted from a review by parent Christopher Roberts, the full version of which can be found in the March edition of the Newsletter, to be published on 27th March.

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