Haydn's Creation was performed in St Peter's Church, Goodworth Clatford as the final event in the "Save our Spire" Appeal.
Nicholas Wilks, Master of Music at Winchester College since 2004 and former Musical Director of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, rehearsed volunteers from the village during the afternoon, before conducting the performance at 7.30.
"This event was a sell-out - and rightly so."
"The unseen hero was Philip White-Jones, the Assistant Organist at Winchester Cathedral. Haydn wrote the Creation for a full orchestra; Philip had to perform it on a small church organ, and he did a marvellous job."
"The visible heros were Nicholas Wilks and the three soloists - Tempe Neil (Soprano) Ed Goble (Tenor) and Ashley Riches (Bass). These young singers, at the beginniong of their careers, performed with great maturity. The Trio and Chorus - the Lord is Great - was fantastic."
"And the scratch chorus was highly professional. The choruses in the Creation are not easy to sing, and they sang the well-known "The Heavens are telling" along with the other ones with great gusto."
"Jane Storer, Ann George and the team deserve congratulations for masterminding this production."
The event was sponsored by Derek Leigh, Premier Yoga, Simply Stuck, the Royal Oak and Wendy Keith Designs.
Now the Church has raised the money for the spire, the next appeal is for the carpark, which floods regularly.
(Thanks to Jackie Grey for the photos. Her piece for the Parish Magazine appears below)
NEARLY 90 singers filled St Peter’s church, Goodworth Clatford, with the glorious sound of Haydn’s Creation. In aid of the Save our Spire appeal the ‘scratch’ concert was the culmination of just one afternoon’s rehearsal for the choir who came together from all parts of the parish and beyond.
As well as enjoying themselves enormously the choir gave a stunning performance of the work. The concert was greatly enhanced by talented young soloists Ashley Riches (Bass), Ed Goble (Tenor) and Tempe Nell (Soprano) who took the parts of Raphael, Uriel and Gabriel.
Mark Haszlakiewicz, Treasurer of the Appeal, thanked everyone for coming and taking part at the end of the concert.
“What a marvellous evening,” he said. “Marvellous for all those privileged to take part or to listen. Marvellous for this ancient church to be filled with such a body of live music, and marvellous for the new spire which, by your generosity, has now nearly been paid for!
“Marvellous evenings do not just happen. They result from the imagination, hard work and dedication of individuals.”
He thanked the conductor Nicholas Wilks, organist Philip White-Jones, and the three young soloists for ‘showing us how it should be done!’ And, in particular, he thanked Ann George – the instigator and driving force behind the event – and churchwardens Jane Storer and Armine Wodehouse for their tireless and efforts and enthusiasm for the Spire Appeal.
“To Armine and Jane, to all who have helped so tirelessly not only today but throughout the entire campaign, a great debt is owed – and a great debt is now – almost – discharged! Thank you!”