To mark the end of the second term, Early Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. Robert Rawson, took to the stage on Friday and gave a convincing performance of Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell. While written to a famously gloomy story, everyone performing, myself included, loved the experience and was sad to see the end of the process that led to such a successful evening. Despite being on the last day of term, we were lucky enough to have an audience full of supportive friends, family, students and local people there to enjoy it with us. We were delighted with stirring solos from all of the singers in the ensemble, who also made up the chorus, and a hugely talented string section with harpsichord accompaniment echoing through St. Gregory’s and bringing a timeless story to life (and then death) once more. The highlight for me was the Chorus “To the hills and the vales”. It’s such a characterful piece and is great fun to sing, and Robert’s emotive conducting certainly made us (and the audience) enjoy it!
Huge thanks goes to Robert for bringing us all together, and congratulations to all the musicians – we look forward to what the ensemble brings us next year!
– Kelly Butler, BMus Year 3