Mass in Blue

I’ve seen more than 30 recitals this year by students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and all of them have been tremendous. But I’ve had to wait almost until the end of 2016 to name my favourite – Trinity chamber choir’s performance of Will Todd’s Mass in Blue at St Alfege’s church. It’s a marvellous piece by any standard, a brilliant mix of the sacred and secular that combine to create a spiritual experience of exceptional depth. In the hands and voices of this young choir and a wonderful Trinity jazz quartet, however, it was given extra zest thanks to the sheer exuberance of the performances and of their conductor Stephen Jackson. This free lunchtime recital underlined yet again how ridiculously lucky we are to live in Greenwich where we can hear music like this every week throughout the year.

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