Saturday 16 November 2013 7.30pm Bath Abbey
And to continue the B theme: A computer glitch in the abbey organ meant organist Marcus Sealy had to substitute Romance sans paroles, by Joseph Bonnet, and Bach’s wonderful Prelude and Fugue in G Minor for two pieces by Guy Bovet – which, as far as I was concerned was even better.
The fugue section was well worked, crisp and clean; metronomic as Bach would have it; and the phrasing rounded but, whether it was vocal tiredness, or too early in the evening, that harshness began to creep in.
Britten’s Missa Brevis in D was a joy – and the large choir looked to be enjoying it, too. Written initially for boys’ voices, conductor Nigel Perrin, himself a fine chorister, had only the feminine voice at his disposal – but its soaring soprano lines were sweet, true and emotional.
But, how sad to see the Abbey barely half full.