‘Human voices dehumanised’

In reply to Sandra Lambourne, Holst’s Planets has indeed been performed before at Hastings.

I attended a performance at St Mary in the Castle (with its superb acoustics) approximately four or five years ago and unless my memory is at fault I thought it was given by the Sussex Concert Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Roberts?

The performance was first rate but the atmosphere was shattered by the audience irritatingly applauding between each movement and the ostentatious appearance of the women’s chorus at the end of Uranus, who proudly emerged into view, instead of invisibly melting away into the distance. As David Owen Norris once described the ending as ‘human voices dehumanised by invisibility’.

FJ Beck

Channel Way


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