Welcome to our 2017-18 season of concerts. The three concerts present a diverse selection of music from the 17th-21st centuries and include a new work , written especially for us by local composer Nicholas Barton.
Saturday 25 November – Bach and Forwards
Our first concert contrasts two joyful motets by JS Bach (Lobet den Herrn and Singet dem Herrn) with works by predecessors, Hieronymous Praetorius, Pachelbel and Schütz and successors, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, Reger and Knut Nystedt. Four of the pieces set texts from Psalms 96 and 98, which begin with the words Singet dem Herrn, O sing unto the Lord.
For this concert we shall be joined by David Dunnett (organ) and Beth Macdonald (cello).
Venue: St Peter Mancroft
Time: 7.30 pm
Saturday 24 February – Baltic Stars
For our second concert we will be returning to Princes Street URC, which proved to be very popular with our audience earlier this year. Many people will be aware of the music of Arvo Pärt, but there is a whole new generation of Baltic composers rising in his wake. With our programme Baltic Stars we hope to showcase some of these newer influences, along with the ‘old guard’ of Rachmaninov and Pärt. It is music of lush harmonies and deep, spiritual thought. A first for us will be the use of tuned wine glasses and Tibetan singing bowls!
Venue: Princes Street URC
Time: 7.30 pm
Saturday 28 April – Mozart Requiem and Haydn Theresa Mass
The last concert of our season, in the generous acoustic of St John’s RC Cathedral, presents two great choral works by the Classical masters, Haydn & Mozart. Haydn’s Maria Theresa Mass is one of his six great Masses from 1790s Vienna. Written in 1799, just after The Creation and the Nelson Mass, it reflects the influence of Baroque music on his choral writing, with monumental fugues together with highly dramatic and lyrical music. Mozart’s Requiem Mass, written in 1791, was famously left unfinished at his death. Various people have made completions over the years, but we shall be using the version completed by Franz Süssmayr, a contemporary of Mozart.
We are pleased to welcome back four young soloists, Andrea Tweedale (soprano), Fiona Mackay (alto), Tom Morss (tenor) and Matthew Palmer (bass), as well as the Academy of St Thomas.
Venue: Cathedral of St John the Baptist
Time: 7.45 pm