Michael got us tickets to a choral evening last night at the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs (otherwise known as ‘the catholic church’) to hear the Cambridge Chorale sing Aleksandr Grechaninov‘s Passion Week. The chorale sang 13 pieces, unaccompanied by any music. They bravely sang in Russian, assisted by a Russian voice coach from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
The church was a great setting got the music, although it was a little too brightly lit for the my tastes and the atmosphere of the pieces, but probably not for the choir!. The choir was great – a couple of excellent soloists and strong voices.
The last piece, Do Molchit Fsiakaya Plot (Let all mortal flesh keep silent) reached a beautiful crescendo. Overall I found the composition restrained and contemplative. I’m hoping Michael will chip in with some comments here, this is more his sort of thing!
We headed over to the Alma for a beer afterwards anj just as we were half-way through the double entry doors, and plinky-plonky piano started up for some live music that was not great after an hour of beautiful singing. We ended up in the Emperor, which was still noisey and playing some rather raucous stuff.
We had a pint and moved on to the Live and Let Live for their Belgian beer selection: Sadly much depleted last night. We had a nice bottle of beer: I had something blonde and hoppy, and Michael had a wicked 12% Christmas Beer.