When Cornish choirs combine

On March 29th, Truro Choral Society and Three Spires Singers came together to perform Elgar’s almighty Kingdom in Truro Cathedral. It had been a huge undertaking and the organisation and preparation was shared equally between the two choirs’ committees and Music Directors, and the choir members enjoyed rehearsing together enormously. Christopher Gray, MD of Three Spires – who originally envisioned the project – said, “Though not as often heard as The Dream of Gerontius, The Kingdom is considered by some of the great Elgar conductors, Sir Adrian Boult among them, to be equal in quality if not superior.” In fact, The Kingdom already has a far-reaching history at Truro Cathedral: Martin Hall, a former MD of both choirs, conducted TCS singing it in 1984; we are told this was the first performance of this great work since Boult himself first conducted it there in 1974. In addition to the impressive combined orchestra we were joined by stellar soloists (see below), whose incredible voices reached every nook of the cathedral’s ceiling. All choir members were elated after the experience – and happily, the audience members, which included Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trelawny, seemed to be, too.

Read Judith Whitehouse’s five-star review in the West Briton here.

Read our Kingdom preview in full.

Read more about the Elgar seminar we held in preparation for our concert here and here.

Our Kingdom soloists

Tessa Spong Soprano

Tessa Spong

Louise Mott Mezzo-soprano

Louise Mott

David Stout Bass

David Stout

David Butt Phillip Tenor

David Butt Philip

Pictures of the Saturday-afternoon rehearsal before the concert

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With thanks to Camilla Comeau of Three Spires Singers for this happy image

With thanks to Camilla Comeau of Three Spires Singers for this happy image