Celebration of Youth, Chichester Festivities – Chichester Cathedral Celebration of Youth, Chichester Festivities – Chichester Cathedral

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The outstanding and vibrant version of Welsh contemporary composer Karl Jenkins’ Songs of Sanctuary was a highlight of year’s Celebration of Youth concert.

This beautiful and amazing work was presented by the West Sussex County Youth Choir and was ideally suited to the exuberant young voices.

The quality of singing and performance was obviously due to the choir’s conductor Emily Barden who clearly captured the enthusiasm and empathy of the young singers. Emily has a very distinctive style of whole-body conducting which attracts the choir’s total response.

Nicki Bennison’s Central Singers never fail to please their audience. The bright young singers brought alive five very varied songs with actions and movement which is the hall mark of their style. Although the children she directs change every year, Nicki maintains produces the highest possible quality music appreciation.

The choirs of seven primary schools from the Goodwood area

gave a spirited performance of Linda Marsh’s composition especially for children entitled Lady dressed in white. Jason Mathias encouraged the children to give a superb performance.

In a highly professional performance the West Sussex County Youth orchestra brought the music of George Gershwin to the concert. Under the direction of David Bennett, the orchestra gave a dynamic version of t Gershwin’s music which ranged from the jazzy and brash to the tender and touching.

Graham Hewitt