Standing Ovation At Memorable Concert To Mark Retirement Of Alistair Jones
Tributes paid to Conductor and Musical Director of the Chiswick Choir for 31 years
A memorable concert took place last Saturday at St. Peter’s Church, Southfield Road. After 31 years and an estimated 100 concerts, Alistair Jones, Conductor and Music Director of the Chiswick Choir gave his final concert, a stirring and emotional performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ fittingly accompanied as ever by the Chiswick Orchestra.
The soloists for the evening had first sung with the choir some years ago when they were students at the Royal Northern College of Music, Laura Sheerin, Soprano. Hanna-Lisa Kirchin, Mezzo Soprano, Bo Wang, Tenor and Louis Hurst, Baritone.
Alistair has always gone out his way to encourage young musicians and it was wholly appropriate that they should came back for his final concert. Their now more experienced and mature voices sang the recitatives and arias with precision and most engaging expression.
This great work brought out the best in the choir, confidently singing the more challenging sections with an expressive range of dynamics. After the interval emotions swelled to gave us a stirring rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus and the final Amen. This left the audience and choir drained and cast a spell that was only broken by the applause and the standing ovation given to Alistair and the soloists.
The evening finished with a reception in Alistair’s honour. Michael Kron, a former Choir Chair paid tribute to Alistair and particularly his passion and knowledge of music. He noted that
The Choir always welcomes new singers and enquiries about membership can be made through the Choir’s website.