Romsey Choral Society takes a step into a new phase following the end of six transformative years under the baton of Jamie W. Hall.
At 29 years old Jamie was already enjoying a fine career as a baritone with the BBC Singers when he took up the role of RCS Musical Director. It was instantly apparent to this young singer that this would be a role that would stretch him, but during the intervening period Jamie has markedly improved the RCS sound both technically and musically, and as word spread his reputation has been instrumental in nearly doubling the number of singers.
To quote Jamie
Since being appointed to the role in 2013, it’s been that process of examining exactly what it is I want the choir to achieve with each passing programme that has made my work with RCS so rewarding. In fact, I believe RCS has been central to my own development these past years and I wouldn’t be the musician I am now without them. As I prepare now to move on, to focus more completely on my singing work, I will remember fondly the many wonderful concerts that the choir and I have shared together. There’s a photograph of me during Verdi’s Requiem that expresses more eloquently than I ever could just how much I have loved sharing amazing music with this amazing choir and our ever-appreciated audience. I very much look forward to seeing RCS thrive under their new Musical Director. I have no doubt that there are exciting times ahead for RCS.
RCS is currently recruiting Jamie’s replacement, and in the meantime the choir will perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah on 6 July in Romsey Abbey with guest conductor Tim Hooper. Tim is a versatile, seasoned and well-respected freelance conductor, the long-standing Musical Director of Bournemouth Bach Choir along with many other music appointments.
It is with much pride and pleasure that RCS marks the end of Jamie’s time with RCS by inviting him back to sing the role of Elijah. Jamie’s wonderful voice will more than do justice to a work of intense dramatic imagery and remarkable theatrical flair. The actions of the prophet and his interaction with the people around him are the driving force of the piece.
Make time on Saturday 6 July to enjoy this popular oratorio with RCS, Jamie W. Hall, guest conductor Tim Hooper and the City of Southampton Orchestra in Romsey Abbey, where the ancient architecture and wonderful acoustic provides a superb location for this dramatic and emotional tale.
For more details and for tickets go to www.romseychoral.org.uk or call 07780 682316. Tickets are also available on the door.