A classical treat with Aylesbury Choral Society

The Aylesbury Choral Society rehearsed at Holy Trinity Church for their performance on stage with Russell Watson at the Waterside Theatre in March

The Aylesbury Choral Society rehearsed at Holy Trinity Church for their performance on stage with Russell Watson at the Waterside Theatre in March

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Just a few weeks ago they were sharing the Waterside stage with English opera singer Russell Watson.

Now the Aylesbury Choral Society is in rehearsal for a concert of Brahms German Requiem and Nanie.

The choir’s night in the Waterside spotlight came about after Watson’s management team contacted the choir to ask if up to 80 members could be made available to support the tenor during his visit to the town.

And of course the choir jumped at the chance.

But whilst rehearsing to support the classical artist, members were also in rehearsal for their concert at St Mary’s Church which takes place on Saturday May 2 at 7.30pm.

Nigel Jones of Aylesbury Choral Society said Brahms was one of the great thinkers in music.

Like Bach, he was almost perpetually obsessed by the idea of death.

His German Requiem is held by some to have been written in memory of Schumann, by others in memory of the composer’s mother.

Mr Jones said Nanie (Song of Lamentation) is one of the least known of Brahms’ major works.

Considered to be one of the most exquisitely beautiful, it was written in memory of his friend Anselm Feuerbach, a painter.

This one-off concert by Aylesbury Choral Society has been in the making since early January.

The concert is the culmination of weekly Tuesday evening rehearsals.

These took place at the church on Fairford Leys, interspersed with visits to Holy Trinity and Aylesbury Methodist churches whilst Fairford Leys underwent building works.

Mr Jones said that both Brahms pieces will be sung in German and this has certainly added to the challenging nature of the programme.

But he said that the presence of choir member Moira Dlugosz, in the sopranos, who speaks German, has resolved pronunciation difficulties and the choir members are confident that they will give an accomplished performance on May 2.

The choir has been expertly supervised by newly appointed musical director Jeff Stewart together with very able deputies Harry Ogg and Tori Longdon.

Mr Stewart enjoys a busy international career and his dramatic tenor voice is much in demand both in opera and on the concert platform.

The soloists at the concert will be Paula Sides (soprano) and Eddie Wade (baritone) with pianists Colin Spinks and Elspeth Wyllie.

Tickets are £12,under 18s £5. They are available from the ticket secretary on 01296 640915, or from any choir member or online at www.aylesburychoral.org.uk

So if you would like to enjoy a night of Brahms make sure to get your ticket soon.