St Aubin 2004

Critique from Local Newspaper

Aficionados of choral singing who made the effort to go to the Temple at Saint Aubin last Saturday were not disappointed. In their 125th anniversary year, the mens choir L'Helvétienne of Gorgier, directed by M. Ian Woods, invited a renowned mens choir from London, the Imperial Male Voice Choir, which itself is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The Temple rediscovered the atmosphere of its greatest days for this marvelous concert. Everyone was able to discover and appreciate the diverse repertoire of this English choir as well as the magnificent voices of the singers under the dynamic and polished direction of Deborah Miles-Johnson.

The performances of the singers Gilliane Lehmann and Deborah Miles-Johnson stood out, as did those of the accompanist Cecily Nicholls and the young violinist Helena Nicholls.

The progress of L'Helvétienne under the baton of its new director and accompanied by Mme Woods was evident, as gauged by the great delight exhibited by the singers of this group in interpreting the various ensemble pieces with the English choir.

Congratulations to all, singers local and from England, and to the various musicians. The public demands more concerts of this standard.

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