Congratulations to Vox Cantab on a wonderfully subtle, varied and enjoyable concert at Holy Trinity Church, Hildersham, on Saturday afternoon. The Cambridge choral scholars who make up this small choir now follow a wide range of professions, but continue to sing to an international standard, for charity, for the pleasure and joy they bring to their listeners, and for their own satisfaction in doing what they know they can do, just about as well as it can be done.
Director Louisa Denby had chosen a programme based on the theme of journeys. The first half was serious, beginning with the story of Christ’s journey through life and death, and ending with a moving reading by Charlotte Denby of the moment, in Anne Holme’s I am David, where the sheepdog deliberately sacrifices its life to save that of David, and Brother James’ Air on the 23rd psalm. The second was occasionally winsome, more often a splendid example of deadpan humour, Andrew Watts doing particularly well with Three Men in a Boat and Mr Micawber’s departure for Australia in David Copperfield. The finale, Over the Rainbow, was a triumph of humour hidden behind a straight face. All of the pieces gave full scope to individual talent, blended to perfection by Louisa Denby.
The concert was part of a busy weekend, with evensong at Barton and performances tomorrow at the Old Royal Naval Chapel, Greenwich, and St Stephen’s, Rochester Row. The choir performs frequently at Fitzwilliam and other venues around Cambridge. Highly recommended.