Beccles Choral Society ‘Dreams the Dream’
Members of the 150 year old Beccles Choral Society (BCS) were joined by the Gippeswyck Singers from Ipswich, the Lambeth Orchestra, soloists Richard Edgar-Wilson, Claire Weston and Philip Tebb at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall on Saturday May 13th for a performance of Sir Edward Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius. Geoff Lavery, Musical Director of both choirs, led the assembled singers, musicians and soloists, and were watched and listened to by a capacity audience. The performance was a tour de force which held the audience spellbound throughout, leading at the end to a rousing and prolonged thank you from those present accompanied by cheers, whistles and calls for ‘more’. Elgar wrote of this work “I have written my heart’s blood into the score”, and the BCS and the other musicians and singers on stage that night had clearly put their heart and soul into this performance which was a magnificent expression of choral interpretation and commitment. At the end of the performance the auditorium resounded to the ‘chorus of souls’ singing out “Come back again” – this summed the performance up, do come back again Beccles Choral Society ! This was locally-based amateur choral singing at its very best.
Hugh Taylor, Former Mayor of Beccles