A big thank you to our musical director, Benjamin Nicholas, and to Neta Rudich and the Berkeley Sinfonia for a thrilling concert on Saturday 11th March in the University Church. Neta treated us to a stunning performance of the Lark Ascending. (Sorry, Neta, about the police sirens and the grumbling of the central heating system.) And the orchestra showed their mettle in a full-throated rendering of Elgar's Serenade for Strings.
Vaughan Williams' cantata, Dona Nobis Pacem, was a new and unforgettable experience for many of us in the choir and in the audience. Quote from Benjamin Nicholas during the rehearsal: "This is possibly the most beautiful passage Vaughan Williams ever wrote!" It was a privilege to be joined by two exceptional soloists, Cecilia Osmond and Julian Empett.
And finally, we shouldn't forget the opening piece of the concert, Gabriel Jackson's Countless and wonderful are the ways to praise God, a work of great originality and beauty - demanding for both players and singers, and very effective.