Concerts 2019-20

We warmly invite you to our 49th season of concerts. Our three concerts present a diverse and engaging selection of music from the 16th-21st centuries.

Saturday 28 September 2019 – Come and Sing Fauré’s Requiem

An opportunity to sing Fauré’s great choral work with the Choir. For more details see here.

Saturday 30 November 2019 – Americana 2: Exploring North American choral music

Aaron Copland In the beginning
Dan Forrest Good night, dear heart
Randall Thompson Alleluia
Ernst Toch Geographical fugue
David del Tredici Acrostic song
Eric Whitacre When David heard
Plus folksong and spiritual arrangements by James Erb, Robert Fountain and John Rutter

A programme exploring some jewels of 20th-century American choral music. Copland’s choral fantasia joyfully expounds the Genesis story of creation, while Whitacre’s deeply felt setting of a line from the Second Book of Samuel really plucks at the heartstrings. The programme will include both a speaking chorus (Toch) and a whispering chorus (del Tredici) as well as Randall Thompson’s classic setting of just one word.

Director: Chris Duarte

Venue: Church of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich
Time: 7.30 pm

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Saturday 29 February 2020 – The Beatitudes

Cecilia McDowall Ash Wednesday
Alissa Firsova Stabat Mater
Arvo Pärt The Beatitudes
Carl Rütti Sermon on the Mount
Organ solos by Leoš Janáček and Petr Eben

Two settings of The Beatitudes are juxtaposed with two beautiful works for Lent and Holy Week and David Dunnett will explore the tonal range of the Willis organ in works by two Czech masters.

Organ: David Dunnett
Director: Chris Duarte

Venue: United Reformed Church, Princes Street, Norwich
Time: 7.30 pm

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Saturday 25 April 2020 – Transformations

Nicholas Barton Semper Dowland (First performance)
William Byrd Ave verum corpus
Bob Chilcott Silver swan
John Dowland Flow my tears & Can she excuse
Orlando Gibbons The silver swan
Henry Purcell arr. Gavin Bryars Dido’s lament
John Sheppard Libera nos I & II
John Tavener  Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis ‘Collegium Regale’
Roderick Williams Ave verum corpus re-imagined
Music for Viol Consort

Our final programme of the season explores reworkings, elaborations and re-imaginings. New pieces out of old (Barton, Chilcott & Williams), John Sheppard’s reworking of his own music and John Tavener’s iconic setting of the evening canticles are set alongside works for viol consort.

With the Fishergate Viols
Director: Chris Duarte

Venue: Church of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich
Time: 7.30 pm

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