This evening saw the Portsmouth Cathedral Choir performing in St George’s Basilica in a concert of sacred music. The repertoire chosen was extremely vast and varied, consisting of a wide spectrum of sacred motets from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.
Whether singing a cappella, or to the excellent accompaniment of organ, the choir under the superb direction of Oliver Hancock displayed brilliant musicianship throughout, getting the right tone, as it were, to the various styles performed, from Tallis, to Brahms, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Chilcott, Ives, MacMillan and Faure. The sound of the choir is extremely polished and elegant and the notable contributions from soloists further enhanced the quality of the singing.
The choir also gave an excellent service this morning, singing the Conventual Mass at St George’s Basilica at 9am. We hope to welcome Portsmouth Cathedral Choir in future editions of our Festival!