Chichester Singers, Chichester Cathedral

The Chichester Singers and Southern Pro Musica once again came together for a performance comprising masses by Mozart and Beethoven, as well as Mozart’s Haffner Symphony.

Mozart’s Mass in C was given a reading that combined lyricism with vitality, particularly in contrasting sections of the Credo. The soprano solo of Louise Alder was beautifully delivered with ease and musicality, most noticeable in the Agnus Dei, as was the case throughout her appearances in both the Mozart and Beethoven’s Mass in C.

Nick Pritchard’s lilting tenor voice was well suited in his solos in the Mozart and Beethoven, whilst Morgan Pearse (Bass) was striking in the Gloria of the Beethoven.

Angela Simkin (Alto) seemed uncomfortable throughout: her solos lacked projection, and she did not have the assurance of the other soloists in ensemble sections.

The Chichester Singers were on sparkling form: they provided a blend of vitality and excitement with beauty and poignancy throughout, showing a total commitment to the music and their conductor, Jonathan Willcocks.

The Southern Pro Musica showed their accomplishment as an orchestra in an exciting performance of Mozart’s Haffner Symphony (No.35), the final movement of which was handled with ease.

Mark Hartt-Palmer