Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala

This evening, the Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala, Sweden came and performed Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil at Bristol Chapel. It was quite wonderful. Despite arriving only yesterday, they used the space extremely well, doing some pieces surrounding the audience, the first piece from the back, and using different lighting and standing arrangements. They had a wonderful, blended, sincere sound. The conductor, Stefan Parkman, was fabulous - he has a very physical style of conducting, where he really digs down into the sound. Everyone seemed to love what they were doing - they got a well-deserved standing ovation at the end.

Especially now, when I am working so hard to make my own concert come together, it was nice to sit on the audience's side for once!

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