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CLASSICAL AND JAZZ: Royal Free Music Society and the Hampstead Sinfonietta gave a rousing performance at St Mark’s Church, Primrose Hil

    Published: 18 October, 2012
    by SARAH DAWES

    IN the week that the Nobel Prize for Peace was awarded to Europe it was perhaps fitting that the Royal Free Music Society and the Hampstead Sinfonietta gave a rousing performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on Saturday in St Mark’s Church, Primrose Hill.

    They were joined by the Medici Choir and by four wonderful soloists: Charlotte Shipley soprano, Ann Sadan alto, William Petter tenor and Richard Latham bass. Ben Wolf, the RFMS’s musical director, conducted with exemplary skill.

    As a primary school teacher, I have always thought there was nothing sweeter than children singing the Ode to Joy. However, the school version never quite matched the sentiment of Schiller’s original: “Hail, joy, from heaven descending, daughter of Elysium...” extolling the virtues of the brotherhood of man, love and faith.  

    The audience could not have mistaken the sentiment expressed by the singers in this marvellous piece.

    • The Royal Free Music Society rehearses on Thursdays in the hospital’s Peter Samuel Hall, starting at 7pm

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