Beautiful performance

Went to a very enjoyable concert last night – one of our choristers was singing in a specially-gathered choir of friends to raise money for Cancer Care. It was mostly choral church music, with a few madrigals and solo items thrown in, making a wonderfully varied concert – some sung from the front of the church, others from the rear gallery. Favourite items included ‘Magnificat’ (Vivaldi), ‘Dear Lord and Saviour’ (Parry), ‘Blessed be the God and Father’ (Wesley), ‘Locus Iste’ (Bruckner), ‘Be thou my Vision’ (Chilcott) and ‘I know a Youth’ (Gilbert and Sullivan). I had not heard the harmonised version of ‘Dear Lord and Saviour’ before, and thought it a pleasant change, although it would have been better without the only lack of clarity of diction in an otherwise faultless performance – ‘The beauty of thy pee’.