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Chamber and Oratorio Choirs Spring concert
26 March @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The most misleading title in the history of music ? Rossini’s ‘Petite Messe Solennelle’ is neither short nor solemn. Written in retirement in 1864, and intended for private performance, hence the unusual accompaniment for piano and harmonium, the piece is a joyful affirmation of the composer’s faith, but also looks back to some of his most successful work for the stage, with its combination of decidedly operatic arias, duets, ensembles and energetic choruses. A feast of good tunes, filled with the wit, excitement and drama, that many might not associate with sacred music.
The Oratorio Choir open the concert with ‘Easter Hymn’, a stirring chorus from one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire, Mascagni’s ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’. In contrast, the Chamber Choir will perform a work by the English composer Gavin Bryars, that combines archaic language (Latin) with a modern subject matter (photography). Originally written for the same instrumental combination as the Rossini, the choir will be joined by the composer himself on harmonium, and regular accompanist Matthew Hough at the piano.
In advance: £15, under 16s: £3
On the door: £18, under 16s: £3
(booking fee applies)