For its autumn concert this year Launceston Choral Society performed a twenty-first century work by popular composer Karl Jenkins’ his “Symphonic Adiemus”, probably the first by an amateur choir in the south west.
Ably accompanied by pianist Liz Jones and organist David Crocker, the choir, conducted by musical director, Jonathan Mann, gave a splendid performance of this completely new working for four part mixed harmony of many of Jenkins’ well - known tunes. The piece is totally original in its use of meaningless nonsense words which allow the voices to be used instrumentally to transport the audience to imaginary locations – Polynesia, Africa , New World plains and jungles with tribal chants interspersed with soaring melodies. It was an exciting challenge for the choir and much appreciated by the audience.
As usual at this time of year there was a retiring collection in aid of the RBL Poppy Appeal which raised over £250.
The society will be holding a coffee morning at the Methodist Sunday School Hall from 10am to noon on Tuesday, December 6, and giving its traditional Christmas Concert, a mix of choir and congregational carols interspersed with seasonal readings at Central Methodist Church at 7.30pm on Saturday, December 10.
Tickets for the latter cost £8 and will be available from choir members, Launceston TIC and on the door.