Ruddington Choral Society’s Spring concert on Saturday May 18th was, as promised in the pre-concert advertising, a highlight not only of their year but of the wider Nottinghamshire choral scene. St Mary’s in the Lace Market was filled to capacity as five hundred singers, musicians and audience gathered for a glorious performance of Mendelssohn’s much loved Old Testament Oratorio ‘Elijah’. Joining the Ruddington Choir were the Burton Joyce Choral Society, the Nottingham Hospitals’ Choir and the Djanogly Orchestra, plus soloists Jane Harwood, Fiona Milburn, Simon Lumby and James Gaughan and organist Michael Overbury.
The event, sponsored by the Co-op Community Fund, was a sell out with support coming from across Nottinghamshire and further afield, and the Ruddington Choir were especially gratified to receive so much local support from Ruddington and its surrounding area.
Under the skilled, sensitive and enthusiastic baton of Paul Hayward, Ruddington’s Director of Music, the performers enthralled the audience from start to finish, ensuring not only a hugely enjoyable and successful performance but one which captured exactly this glorious work. In 1846, The Times reported on the first performance of ‘Elijah’: ‘Never was there a more complete triumph, never a more speedy recognition of a great work of art’ – and the audience, as they applauded the performance and as they left St Mary’s on Saturday evening, clearly felt the same way. ‘A wonderful night’, ‘Stunning’ and ‘What a super performance’ were typical comments, or as one elderly gentleman remarked as he went out into the Lace Market night, ‘ The best £10 I’ve ever spent for a Saturday night out’.
The choir’s new season begins on Monday 9th September. For further details please see our website. www.ruddington-choral.com or phone 0115 9211451