Harleston Choral Society

Affiliated to Making Music


HARLESTON CHORAL SOCIETY'S Autumn Term began in September, but it's not too late to come and join us - we're singing Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Parts I, II, III, and VI) in preparation for our Christmas Concert, with professional soloists and orchestra, on Saturday 9 December.  Further information from Jo Curry jo.curry@sky.com and see the 'About Us' section on the website for more details about what we do and how to join the choir; and go to the 'AGM' section to see the Minutes of the AGM held on 25 September 2017, and to find out about the changes which are afoot.


St John Passion at St John’s

Review of Bach's St John Passion, performed by HCS on 18 June 2016

(and see Recent Concerts for reviews of more of our concerts)

St. John Passion

Harleston Choral Society

Bach’s work of small-bite recitatives needs an adroit juxtaposition of conductor, choir, soloists and orchestra.
Under Christopher Bracewell’s direction you knew this would succeed as the opening chorus met the surge of the orchestra.
Waves of ecstatic sound, whether measured, lively, meditative, declamatory, contrite or hymn-like filled St. John’s Church.
Tenor Michael Hart-Davies’ crystal clarity of delivery proved ideal for telling the crucifixion story and for the more expressive Airs.
Sri Lankan born, and now British citizen, Dhilan Gnanadurai, again brought his darkly passionate bass voice to the dramas of Calvary.
Contralto Catherine Denley’s singing had a loving quality, if a little underpowered; and there were some soaring-rafter moments from Soprano Siona Stockel.
Mature and mellow, the orchestra, led by Miles Golding, was a bedrock of excellence. Special mentions for the oboe, cor anglais and bassoon playing of Emma Penfold, Kim Haan and Mark Sharp.

Basil Abbott






 Affiliated with Making Music


Registered Charity 1094515.

Patron: Nathaniel Gee.