Requiem Mar 2012
Grayshott Concerts 24th March 2012

It was déjà-vu all over again in Grayshott last week, when the world’s most performed living composer conducted another of his works at St Luke’s Church, at the invitation of Grayshott Concerts.

Not only is Karl Jenkins the community concert group’s Patron, but he now makes regular visits to Grayshott to conduct or listen to performances. On this occasion, the jam-packed audience was treated to an exquisite performance of his popular ‘Requiem’ sung with verve and precision by Grayshott’s own top choir, Excelsis, accompanied by the Marylebone Camerata conducted by Robert Lewis.

Sam Dashwood
Treble, Sam Dashwood, head chorister at St Edmund’s School Hindhead, gave a faultless performance of the ‘Pie Jesu’ alongside soprano Carleen Ebbs. The girls choir at St Thomas-on-The Bourne, Farnham, specially trained for the occasion by Robert Lewis, excelled during the Japanese Haikus.

Dr Jenkins conducted a performance of his violin concerto, ‘Sarikiz’, with Kazakh virtuoso Marat Bisengaliev, for whom the work was written. The audience, stunned by his energy and dexterity whooped with delight at the climax of the piece. “It was almost impossible to believe that his fingers could move so quickly,” said one admirer.

Exclesis and Marylebone Camerata
The concert opened with ‘Hymn to the Word’ by rising Haslemere composer, Clive Osgood, and sung by the Excelsis choir who brought the work to a thrilling climax for its first fully orchestrated performance since the premiere at the Haslemere Festival last summer
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