Visits from one of the Taplow choirs are almost an annual fixture with us: and why not, as they are certainly among the pick of the local choral groups and their performances never disappoint! No exception this year - an absolutely packed church was delighted with a fine mix of full choir, small ensemble and solo items, directed as ever by Gillian Dibden MBE.
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The full choir items opened with a beautifully-sung I will lift up mine eyes by H Walford Davies, and also included Mendelssohn's Richte mich Gott and Rheinberger's Abendlied. Solos by both young men and women included a suitably nautical Sea Fever (John Ireland) sung by Tuvshen Morgan and (new to me) the wonderfully-titled For I will consider my cat Jeoffrey (Benjamin Britten) performed by Molly Goetzee, accompanied of course by Neil Matthews at the piano. But the pick of the evening for me were the various vocal ensembles, including a very fine O vos omnes (Victoria) by the girls, Tell me where is fancy bred (Matthew Harris) for mixed voices and (something we've not heard from Taplow before) a male voice quartet singing Slow motion time. And there was much else to enjoy in this fine programme.