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Just two years later, admirably demonstrating their ambitions as they prepared to perform The choir made its 21st anniversary in 1976 equally memorable by Supporting internationally-respected soprano Lee Soon-Bee.
This time round, however, newly-appointed music director Mark Edwards has rung the changes and drawn the Soloists from the ranks of the choir itself.
The move has been well received, even if Soloists Michael Haynes, Carolyn Below, Val Mallinson and Paul Berry now have good reason to be nervous – Orpheus is used to attracting capacity crowds nowadays.
He’s cleverly balanced the programme to feature those two pieces, which most people probably won’t have heard before, with two pieces that are much more familiar.” They are Mozart’s very tuneful which, judging from comments on You Tube, must be one of the most popular and influential pieces of choral music written by any living composer.
Accompanying the choir throughout will be distinguished organist Michael Haynes, music director at Hexham Abbey for many years before he moved on to fulfil the same role at St Chad’s College, Durham.