La Nova Singers gave Christmas concerts at various venues this year. West Cliff Baptist Church in Westbourne was well attended and the singers were so well received that they have been invited to give another concert later in the year.
Highcliffe Castle was a sell out with people turning up on the night hoping to be able to buy a ticket. Unfortunately for them, they were unable to purchase any!
Music critic Linda Kirkman came to Highcliffe and gave the singers a glowing review, which was printed in the Dorset Echo:
THE weather was decidedly seasonal, and the castle’s imposing Great Hall proved to be the chilliest of venues – but cold extremities were soon forgotten at this most enjoyable concert in which voices, as always, were in perfect harmony and diction was clear as a bell. In fact the entire evening, which also included flute solos from Steve Howard and songs from guest soloist Roma Loukes, was an absolute pleasure to attend.
Conductor and director Michelle Nova’s bubbly personality cast a warm glow over singers and audience alike as we listened to an eclectic range of Christmas songs which began with the eleven ladies holding lights and walking from the back of the hall onto the stage, singing – naturally- Torches. They ended almost as they began, with the singers donning lit-up fairy wings and headgear, and Michelle, complete with star-topped wand, conducting the opening chorus from Iolanthe, which was acted out extremely enthusiastically!
In between we heard, among others, numbers from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Gaudete, Cantique de Jean Racine, O Holy Night, Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire, The Twelve Days of Christmas and a delightful combination of The First Noel and Pachelbel’s Canon, all with superb accompaniment from pianist Christine Langton.