really enjoyed singing for Ipswich Chamber Choir. The
programmes are always fantastic. I am increasingly impressed
by the musicality with which the choir sing."
Allegra Parton, Soprano
has been my great pleasure to sing with them on several
occasions - they are extremely friendly and welcomingand
perform with great passion and musicianship."
Ipswich Chamber Choir's high standards make working
with them a pleasure."
are one of the most enthusiastic, well-drilled and vibrant
choirs that I have had the pleasure to stand in front
of. In the short time that he had been with them Chris
had done a marvellous job."
Edmund Hastings, Tenor
Vespers of 1610
Choristers of St Mary-le-Tower
Mary-le-Tower Church 25th March 2017
turn of the sixteenth century saw perhaps the most far-reaching
revolution in the history of western music and towering
above all other composers of his generation was Claudio
Monteverdi. The Vespers of 1610, an undoubted
masterpiece, not only presents intimate prayerful moments
but also incorporates secular music whilst at the same
time displaying an array of diverse musical forms, both
traditional and contemporary.
the opening plainchant of the Domine ad adiuvandum,
the majestic fanfare of the Lauda Jerusalem and the
final atmospheric Sicut Erat, the choirs, soloists
and orchestra, under the faultless and sympathetic direction
of Christopher Borrett, captured perfectly the different
moods and musical styles presented by this difficult
work. All the soloists gave excellent performances and
the way, in which the performance was "staged" during
many of the solos, gave these movements the perfectly
intimate settings which the music demanded. The evening
also provided the young Choristers of St Mary-le-Tower
the perfect opportunity, which they certainly grasped,
to take part in one of music's great works.
is the first time that the Vespers of 1610 has
been performed in Ipswich and I am certain that all
those who were fortunate enough to attend the concert
will not wish to have to wait another four hundred years
before it is next performed.