June Newsletter

Festival Chorus Newsletter
June 2013
Our summer season is well under way and following Radio 3’s Baroque Spring, we are rehearsing for a Baroque Summer. Two of the composers will be well known to our audience – Scarlatti and Vivaldi – though even in these cases we have chosen pieces that may not be as obvious as others. Perhaps, less well known is Antonio Bononcini (1677-1726). We will be performing his Stabat Mater. Antonio came from a very musical family. Both his father, Giovanni Maria Bononcini, and his elder brother, Giovanni Battista, were musicians and also composers. Indeed, Giovanni Battista spent a number of years in London at the same time as Handel. Here his popularity rivalled that of Handel and this apparently inspired the epigram “Tweedledum and Tweedledee” describing the competition between them and their fans. Antonio, a cellist as was his older brother, might not have achieved quite such starry heights but his career was not negligible – he was Kappellmeister to the future Holy Roman Emperor, Charles VI before becoming maestro di cappella in Modena (1721), a post he held until his death.
The Stabat Mater, describing Mary’s grief at the foot of the Cross, is going to be set off by the lively, dramatic Dixit Dominus by Scarlatti and Vivaldi’s setting of the Magnificat – Mary’s own song. All were contemporaries, and though Scarlatti’s career saw him mainly in Italy and finally Spain, Bononcini and Vivaldi moved in similar circles – Venice, Vienna; perhaps their paths crossed.
I do hope you will join us to enjoy their music.


Saturday Rehearsal 15th June, St Mary’s Balham, 10.00am – 1.00pm
AGM – 8th July, 12 Earlsfield Road, SW18, 8pm. Refreshments. Apologies and points for the Agenda tofhordon@aol.com
Please remember to return the Questionnaire – ellacombe03@gmail.com
This term:
Concert Saturday 6th July
Saturday Rehearsals 18th May and 15th June
Vivaldi – Magnificat, Scarlatti – Dixit Dominus, Bononcini – Stabat Mater
AGM – Monday 8th July 8pm
Rehearsals start Monday 2nd September
Concert Saturday 30th November
Saturday Rehearsals 12th October and 2nd November
Brahms: Begrabnisgesang, Schumann: Requiem, Schubert: Mass in E flat
Rehearsals start Monday 6th January 2014
Concert Saturday 29th March
Saturday rehearsals tbc
Saturday 15th June – St John’s, Waterloo – 6pm Wimbledon Choral Society  – The Year in Song – music by Dove, Whiteacre, Lauridsen, Gjeilo and Chydenius
Sunday 23rd June – St Luke’s Church, Ramsden Road – Noye’s Fludde (Britten), directed by Derek Carden, 3pm

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