Andover Choral Society perform Prayerbook
26 Apr 2008
David Owen Norris
David Owen Norris
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Members of the Andover Choral Society
Members of the Andover Choral Society
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The second public performance of David Owen Norris's Prayerbook was performed in St Mary's Church, Andover and conducted by the composer, who lives in Andover.

Prayerbook is an oratorio about Tradition and Change. The texts were selected and the music was composed by David Owen Norris. The Stellar String Quartet, the soloists and the choirs were conducted by the composer. Thomas Guthrie sang the baritone role and Alice Wratten the soprano, with David Coram at the organ. The choir was the Andover Choral Society reinforced by the Oxford Choral Society and the Hampshire Youth Choir.

"This was a splendid performance, played to a full house. What struck me was the variety of musical styles, mixing the novel with the familiar; and the conventional with the unconventional. One section could have been in a Gilbert and Sullivan opera, another from a 20th century Mass. There was a splendid solo for the organ pedals, a waltz - plus a bit of theatre as the soloists moved around the church, sometimes with candles. There were three sections were the audience participated, drawing us more closely in to the performance as a whole. And David's energy and enthusiasm gave the whole piece momentum and excitement."

After the performance, the Bishop of Winchester said a prayer.
 
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