Schola Cantorum's May Morning Music
Schola Cantorum gave a recital of ‘Music for a May Morning’ in the Top Refectory at 8am on May Bank Holiday Monday. A large audience of parents, pupils and staff enjoyed the varied programme of choral music; this included a range of folk songs, beginning with the Cornish ‘Furry Day’ carol. ‘To the greenwood’ provided some sprightly part-singing and ‘Sumer is icumen in’ blossomed into 4-part canon over its ‘sing cucu’ ostinato. The Welsh song 'Yr Hen Wr Mwyn' (thankfully sung in English!) told of an old man’s exploits with a hare, with solos sung by Megan Hindle and Andreas Wilfing. Ireland was represented with the ‘Gypsy Rover, which allowed the altos and basses to shine. ‘The Union Miner’ told of the hardship endured by miners in the past, with "worn out tools and children thin and pale"; Simon Whittle expressively sang the sorry tale, with full choir singing the chorus, exhorting union miners to “stand together”. ‘Follow the Heron’ was a beautiful song about the changing seasons and the natural world; it included another lovely solo from Megan, and cello and flute obbligatos played by Matthias and Lucia Turner. The concert ended with ‘The Rhythm of Life’, from the Broadway Musical, ‘Sweet Charity’, which Schola sang with huge energy and immense enthusiasm. Thanks go to Dr Morgan for devising, accompanying and conducting such an enjoyable recital.