by Alan Eost, 11/07/2013
The 2012-2013 season provided a varied programme from the Renaissance to the 20th century.
The first concert, early in October, required the chorus to get quickly into gear with three relatively unfamiliar works. The Vivaldi and the Schubert were performed by the main chorus while a smaller group took on Pergolesi's Magnificat. All three works were successfully presented.
Monteverdi's Christmas Vespers was a completely unknown work to most members. It took a few weeks for the chorus to fully grasp the vigour and beauty of this work, but the concert, using the full spatial and antiphonal effects available at the Cathedral, was particularly memorable, an excellent septet of soloists contributing much to the occasion. This was the last concert in the Cathedral by SOC until it re-opens.
Christmas at St Oswald's was an innovation and proved to be a good Carol concert.
The early months of 2013 were spent preparing for the Light out of Darkness concert at Ecclesall Parish Church. However, unseasonal snow took the concert away. Chilcott's Canticles of Light made a favourable impression on many people. This work and Finzi's Lo, the full, final sacrifice have been inserted into next season's programme.
SOC thus made its debut at Ecclesall in the summer concert with works by Britten and Carter, the geography of the building requiring an unorthodox disposition of forces. Both works proved enjoyable to rehearse and rewarding to perform. The fine playing of NCO emphasized the value to the Chorus of excellent orchestral support and the financial challenge that this provides.
A postscript to the season was a recording of Ronald Law's Missa Brevis. We wish Ron and Monica well in their retirement and thank them for their work with SOC.