AFTER THE CONCERT – a brief reflection
Every concert performance is a unique event in the life of each performer. Alone, as a singer, one might never have made it onto any concert platform, but together with others in the same boat, as members of a choir our potential as singers can be realised. And that with huge joy and satisfaction.
However, that does not happen without training at the hands of those whose lives have been dedicated to the study and performance of music professionally. But even that study is not sufficient: there is a very real spiritual dimension too. The professional musician handles the God-given blessings of inspiration, insight, heart-understanding of the mind of composers and their compositions; and the ability to inspire others to co-operate in the performance and interpretation of the great masters’ works.Read More »Beethoven Mass in C by Harry Wiggett June 2016
CONCERT ENCOUNTERS Where there is music-making every person is affected. Words can all too often imprison deep spiritual realities within their limitations. And it takes… Read More »Schubert’s Mass in G and Rossini’s Stabat Mater – October 2016 – Harry Wiggett
What this performance meant to me:
It is some twelve hours later that I now write, and I am still feeling overwhelmed with joy at the spontaneous standing ovation our performance of the Mozart Requiem, under the masterful baton of Alexander Fokkens, received in the Bishop’s Chapel last night. It seemed to me that all involved in the making of this marvellous music – soloists, orchestra, choir – were totally immersed in the spiritual intensity of this hope-full acclamation of the indestructibility of love and life, and that the all-embracing human event of death leads on naturally to something more.
In this afterglow of the performance it seems good to reflect on the overall experience of being part of such a dynamic body of singers and musicians bringing to life this brilliant Mozart score, aware of the deep understanding and spiritual perception of conductor Alexander in crafting and shaping this work with the musical resources at his disposal. It was truly a performance that overwhelmed one and all with a tangible joy and gladness. Read More »Mozart Requiem – March 2016 – by Harry Wiggett