My wife and I were privileged to be in the audience to hear for the first time, the magnificent choral work Eternal Light, a Requiem, by Howard Goodall, performed in the beautiful Colyer Fergusson Hall by the Kent College Choirs and Choral Society. This was one of best contemporary musical works we have ever heard, with powerful, emotionally challenging sounds and wonderful harmonies sung in English interspersed with staccato text phrases sung in Latin. The work was composed in 2008 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the First World War. Although most will be unfamiliar with Eternal Light, Goodall is better known for his film and theatrical music with the theme tunes from Blackadder, Mr Bean and the Vicar of Dibley (his setting of Psalm 23) being better known. The musical performance was outstanding with the choirs handling the score with panache and expertise, Sedecim Chamber Choir being particularly noteworthy. The pupil soloists showed a maturity and clarity of voice well beyond their tender years and the whole was brilliantly conducted by Julian Ross. We are so lucky to have such a fantastic musical heritage in Canterbury and to have schools like Kent College willing to rise to ever higher musical challenges.
Stuart Field, Bekesbourne Road, Bridge, Canterbury
Herne Bay Gazette, April 10th 2014