Celebrating English music for the jubilee

Cantemus performing the Diamond Jubilee concert at St Peter & St Paul's Church at Gosberton. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG140612-696MD
Cantemus performing the Diamond Jubilee concert at St Peter & St Paul's Church at Gosberton. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG140612-696MD

AN ITEM written by a member of South Holland chamber choir Cantemus was of special interest to the near capacity audience gathered at St Peter and St Paul’s Church at Gosberton.

David Wing set the story of the Nightingale and the Rose for choir and it was performed at last Wednesday’s concert celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The concert was “a fascinating programme celebrating the dignity of English music over the centuries”, according to concert goer and Gosberton resident Michael Callaghan.

He said the music ranged through anthems, folk songs and madrigals to a modern cantata, “providing fine fare to all”.

Choir director Eric Wayman played an organ adaptation of a delicate minuet from John Ireland’s Dowland Suite and again for a rousing march from the Prelude to Richard III film.

Michael said: “This talented choir tackled this varied programme with great balance and harmony. Superb diction from all sections of the choir emphasised their quality, to the enthusiastic appreciation of a near capacity audience.”