Society’s concert was worth the wait

Buxton Musical Society’s rearranged concert at St John’s Church on March 24 was certainly worth the wait - and turned out to be one of the best of the society’s recent performances.

The programme consisted of religious works by composers whose reputations were established by highly successful operas.

First we had Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.

It was one of his first compositions and strongly influenced by Verdi.

Already one can detect the dramatic impulses which later made his operas such resounding successes.

We are now used to the wonderful sound that the choir orchestra have developed and that coupled with two fine soloists, Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks (tenor) and Donald Maxwell (bass) made it a moving experience.

It was good, as well, that Philip Cartledge, a fairly recent arrival at the Musical Society, was able to conduct this work in place of Michael Williams who had shattered his leg falling on the ice.

The second work was Rossini’s Stabat Mater.

Andrew and Donald were joined by two lovely young voices, Rebecca Rudge (soprano) and Sophie Goldrick (mezzo).

Rebecca’s high Cs were absolutely outstanding and Sophie entranced us with her wonderfully relaxed performance.

To make the evening complete, Michael Williams was able to conduct perched on a high stool.

Peter Low

• The society’s next concert, on June 16 in St John’s Church at 7.30 pm, will consist of an orchestral programme including Strauss Oboe concerto with soloist Eleanor Doddford from Chetham’s School, Mozart Symphony No 40 and Schubert Symphony No 5.