On Saturday 22nd June, St Mary’s Concert Artists joined Bath Choral Society for an exhilarating concert at St Mary’s the Virgin, Bathwick. Under the energetic instruction of the much lauded composer himself, Alexander L’Estrange, the girls took part in a brief workshop to hone actions and musicianship for the demands of Zimbe! a choral work involving SATB choir, a youth choir and a jazz quintet. The work fuses African texts with an eclectic jazzy feel, as well as embracing beautiful choral moments of stillness.
Our Concert Artists clearly enjoyed the experience and threw themselves into the rhythmic clapping and movement, wearing concert dresses with a splash of pink for the occasion. Alexander L’Estrange said, 'what wonderful girls with amazing voices!' and the singers certainly shone as part of the Bath Choral concert. Soloists also performed their favourite pieces in the first half after the Call Me Al Quintet captivated the audience with a stunning jazz set. Tessa, Amy, Daisy, Charlotte, Elan and Jolie then sang songs by Haydn, Bellini, Elwyn-Edwards and Bock, Gershwin and Mendelssohn. Not only was it an honour to work with the composer himself, but also to be led by the baton of Shean Bowers, as the newly appointed conductor of Bath Choral Society. Of course, enjoying Bath on a delightfully sunny day was a treat too with a short walk over Pulteny Bridge to a fine traditional pizza restaurant with homemade ice cream!
The Concert Artists have been invited to join forces in the future with Bath Choral Society which will allow the singers of St Mary’s to enjoy the powerful experience of performing with a full SATB choir.
Mrs Bethan Fryar, Director of Vocal Studies