The “Night and Day” programme’s title was chosen so that we can explore and contrast bright and effervescent choral music alongside the dark and sombre.
So, the enthusiastic and sparkling 8-part Hail Gladdening Light by Charles Wood and Kodály’s gentle and reflective Evening Song nestle up to one-another in this programme of contrasts.
The main work of the programme is Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. Please click here to read our detailed notes about this work. (We show Morten Lauridsen’s picture on this page).
Much of the harmony in this programme is of the contemporary “crunchy” type, where gentle discords provide an appealing and restful backdrop to contemplation. It’s music to de-stress, to relax, to chill.
Eric Whitacre features, along with British composers Paul Mealor, Howard Skempton and Rebecca Dale. We’ll be performing Dale’s If I should go just a few weeks after giving the Dutch premiere of this work in Utrecht in the prestigious concert series in the Pieterskerk and the city’s cathedral, the Domkerk. We will also be singing pieces by Holst, Guerrero, Byrd, Kodaly, Schubert and Wood.
We are delighted that concert pianist Karen Kingsley joins us again.
The choir will be launching its new CD at this concert, which features a recently-commissioned a cappella work from contemporary local composer Ian Schofield, as well as Francis Poulenc’s Gloria and some of its favourite works by Byrd and Lassus.