REVIEW: Philharmonic choir shine at Rugby School

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Rugby Philharmonic Choir, Saturday July 6

Temple Speech Room

Review by Peter Crook

A fine concert of choral music was given as part of the Rugby Festival of Culture in which the Rugby Philharmonic Choir, Renaissance Singers and Soloists Barbara Rodway and Robert Forbes, were all on splendid form.

The attractive and compelling programme had been imaginatively conceived by musical director Mervyn Bethell to appeal to a wide variety of musical interests, with pieces ranging from Handel to Andrew Lloyd Webber. The smooth clear tones of the Renaissance Singers highlighted the dramatic impact of the rich, colourful and very well balanced sounds created by the full Philharmonic Choir, and both groups projected most effectively. Accompanists Jo Foot, James Williams and Mervyn Bethell provided exactly the right level of support, making invaluable contributions to this enjoyable and successful evening.