A concert of contrasts

Valerie Sowerby (left) with the choir president Ann Day. Photo supplied

After postponing the concert twice – in May and in August – due to lockdown, a concert of contrasts was finally presented by Pakuranga Choral Society on Sunday (November 22) at All Saints Church.

The afternoon began with a presentation to Valerie Sowerby who has been the accompanist to the choir for 44 years.

Members of the choir say her good humour and talent will be missed.

Vivaldi’s Gloria was well received under the baton of resident conductor and composer David Hamilton accompanied on the organ by the versatile and talented young performer Nicholas Forbes.

The soloists were a delight. Two very talented young women Ella Ewen (soprano) and Dilys Fong (alto) had the audience under their spell.

After a sumptuous afternoon tea, the second half was conducted by the young, multi-faceted musician Ben Kubiak.

The choir then presented a variety of Christmas music from John Rutter’s Angel Tidings to Cowboy Carol and 12 Days of Christmas.

The second half of the concert was interspersed with rousing renditions of well-loved carols sung by the choir and audience.

Forbes gave a stunning solo performance on the organ. Pakuranga Choral Society’s next concert is scheduled for May 2021.