Music That Makes the Heart Sing

By Lynn R. Parks | Photograph by Scott Nathan
From the Holiday 2019 issue

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For its most recent concert, in April, the Southern Delaware Chorale joined with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and The Carter Legacy Singers from Baltimore to perform the final movement — the one with the familiar “Ode to Joy” theme — of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

It wasn’t easy, acknowledges the chorale’s artistic director and conductor, Colin Armstrong. “Many of our singers struggled,” he says of their preparations for the performance. “I told them that they could only do the best they could do. And in the end, even though it was challenging, their performance was quite good. The singers felt really good about themselves.”


 

Armstrong was named director of the chorale in January 2018. The group of nearly 70 volunteer singers, ranging in age from 15 to 85-plus, is growing increasingly refined and polished, he says.

“We are bringing up our level of performance and are beginning to see more people in our audiences,” he adds. Last year’s holiday performance, also with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and featuring Handel’s oratorio “Messiah,” drew a capacity crowd to the auditorium of Cape Henlopen High School.

 

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