Tewkesbury Abbey was filled to capacity for a magnificent summer concert thanks to four amazing conductors, three brilliant choirs a great soloist in James Gilchrist and our superb GSO.
The powerful work ‘An Unknown Soldier’ by Jonathan Dove moved many to tears and was a fitting tribute on Armed Forces Day. Ben Sawyer’s conducting was outstanding.
GSO’s complex peformance of Vaughan Williams’ hauntingly beautiful ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis’ stretched conductor Glyn Oxleyto the limit – with two orchestras and a choir in different parts of the Abbey to keep control of!
Next came the Oriel Singers’ chance to shine singing a breathtaking new work ‘Stabat Mater’ by composer Alissa Firsova, who also attended the concert.
Rachel Bowen’s Cheltenham Youth Choir brought lightness and laughter along with lovely young voices and the St Cecilia Singers under Jonathan Hope’s capable baton produced a selection of home-grown Hubert Parry songs marking his centenary in style.
Thanks to our great sponsors Anne Cadbury and the Cadbury Foundation and to Patrick Daly and the Brimpsfield Music Society. Also to Mikal Ludlow for his great pictures.