Newsletter March 2013

Festival Chorus Newsletter
March 2013
 
Our spring concert is almost here – and it promises to be both interesting, unusual and beautiful. The music is certainly beautiful, as the choir will attest after twelve weeks of rehearsal; interesting, because we are juxtaposing a19th century French composer, Vierne, with two of the giants of the early 20th century, Kodaly and Janacek, both from Eastern Europe. The unusual element might be that the Vierne Messe Solonnelle is not very well known – though it should be.
We are combining this mass with Janacek’s Otcenas – his setting of the Lord’s Prayer. Composed in 1906, it is very simple, reflecting the atmosphere of an Eastern Orthodox chant rather than the folk music which was so often used in his compositions. Then there is the Missa Brevis by Kodaly. This was composed during World War II at the time Nazi forces were occupying Budapest, and Kodaly was himself hiding in a convent cellar. Again, like the Janacek, it is very approachable and provides a wonderful choral experience both for the choir and the audience. We hope you will join us on the 23rd.
Our next concert will be a celebration of Baroque music; a musical feast for the summer

Announcements

Saturday 11th May – Choral Workshop conducted by James Burton (Musical Director Schola Cantorum, Oxford)
This workshop is part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival and promises to be lively, enjoyable and instructive day. Booking details will be available soon.
Monday 8th July – AGM, 8pm, 12 Earlsfield Road, SW18
Dates
This term:
Saturday 23rd March – 7.30pm St Luke’s Church, Ramsden Road SW12 – Concert performance
Tickets available on line from the SLMS website, Northcote Music, Northcote Road SW11 and at the door
Future:
Summer
Rehearsals start Monday 8th April
Concert Saturday 6th July
Saturday Rehearsals 18th May and 22nd June
Vivaldi – Magnificat, Scarlatti – Dixit Dominus, Bononcini – Stabat Mater
AGM – Monday 8th July 8pm
Winter
Rehearsals start Monday 2nd September
Concert Saturday 30th November
Saturday Rehearsals 12th October and 16th November (tbc)
Brahms: Begrabnisgesang, Schumann: Requiem, Schubert: Mass in E flat
Events:
Tuesday 27th March – 8pm – Queen Elizabeth Hall – Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment – The Works: Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
The Works is the OAE’s unique series that gives audiences a guided tour of selected classical masterpieces.
Thursday 25th April – St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square – Wimbledon Choral Society: Mozart Requiem
Saturday 27th April, 7.30pm – St Luke’s Music Society, St Luke’s Church, Ramsden Road SW12,. Benjamin Grosvenor with the Endellion String Quartet
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