Glorious Success for Luminosa


On Saturday 27th November St Andrew’s Church in Farnham resounded once again with the well-tuned voices of the Alton-based family of choirs, Luminosa. Accompanied with electric energy and exquisite interpretation by the supremely talented, Katherine Dienes-Williams, on St Andrew’s evocative organ, all four choirs performed with sparkle and obvious joy in singing to a receptive audience of over 200 people.

The main choir opened with a dynamic performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria. With eyes fixed on their charismatic Choral Director, Rebekah Abbott, the piece sprang to life with precision, colour and dynamic contrast from beginning to end, with poise and control particularly in ‘Gratias Agmus Tibi’ and accuracy and textural variation in ‘Cum Sancto’. The young soloists, Rachel Newberry and Emma Paterson, sang with clarity, intelligence and beauty.

The concert proclaimed loud and clear that the Luminosa family of choirs is back, stronger than ever.

If you would like to join something very special and sing with any of the choirs, Luminosa will be running open rehearsals throughout January 2022 and would love to see you. Details can be found at Dates of all concerts and events can also be found on the website.

Luminosa’s next concert, their belated celebration of ten successful years, will be held on 2nd April 2022 at the magnificent All Saints Church, Odiham at 7.30. Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, Cecilia McDowall’s Da Vinci Requiem and World Premiere of Alison Willis’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum will be performed. There will be an exciting and unique opportunity to listen to the composer, Cecilia McDowell, speak about her composition of the Da Vinci Requiem. Tickets will sell fast, so ink this date in your diary to avoid disappointment.