Summer news letter and special events

It has been an exciting opening to our new term as we start rehearsing The Mass in C minor by Mozart.

Though today we are familiar with settings of the Mass composed to be performed in the concert hall – indeed, this is where most of us will encounter such music – early settings would have been composed to accompany the service in church and that is what Mozart intended for this great work. He writes to his father, Leopold, in 1783 that he had vowed to write such a mass, and already had the score for half of such a work. It’s first performance was at a celebration of mass in St Peter’s Church in Salzburg when Mozart brought his wife, Constanze to meet his family. Indeed, at its first performance, Constanze, sang the solo,”Et incarnatus est”. However, even at this time it was not finished though it is not clear why this should be so – especially when its use in a liturgical setting would have required it to be complete. Here we have the opening Kyrie, followed by the Gloria and the first two sections of the Credo (the Creed).It has been suggested that Mozart drew on other settings to create a complete mass for this occasion. Mozart had already composed several settings for the mass, but this would be the last before the final Requiem, also unfinished. However, as with that work, musicologists have been able to reconstruct movements so that we have a full concert mass to perform.

We look forward to singing this great work on Saturday 27th June.

Announcements

A.G.M – The Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 29th June, 8.00pm at 12 Earlsfield Road SW18

Musical opportunities
Two special opportunities for Festival Chorus members and friends

a) Workshop designed for the members of the Festival Chorus by Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian (composer of Vocal Shore commissioned by Festival Chorus) to explore the fretwork house and words of Khadambi Asalache on 575 Wandworth Road, Saturday 9thMay., 2.30pm 5.00pm
There will be guided tours with the National Trust, a vocal workshop of her music for Khadambi’s poetry with some LSO players, and an informal mini-concert at the end to share ideas with friends, and the general public.
It’s all held in a very homely, welcoming, creative local space. It’ll be very special!
Here’s some more info about the workshops : http://lso.co.uk/khadambis-house-composer-in-residence

Tickets are £8, and can be booked by emailing .575wandsworthroad@nationaltrust.org.uk and quoting KH577 to book your place. Limited numbers

b) Choral Workshop with Voces8 . Using the choral method developed by Voces8 – techniques for everyone
Saturday 16th May.12.30pm – 4.00pm. Registration and lunch (bring your own) 12.30pm. Workshop 1.30pm – 4.30pm
There will be cakes and tea. Tickets £10.Under 18’s free.
This is a very special opportunity to work – and have fun – with one of the most dynamic and exciting groups on the scene; definitely not to be missed. We hope you will join us for this event – tell your friends and bring the family
This is also a fund raising event for Festival Chorus to support our plans for our 40th Anniversary next year. We look forward to welcoming as many as possible.
Booking via http://www.slms.org.uk or through Northcote Music, Northcote Road SW11

The workshop will be followed in the evening by a concert performed by Voces8 as part of St Luke’s Music Society Season

Dates
This term:
Rehearsals start Monday 13th April, 8pm Broomwood Church Hall. Kyrle Road SW11
Mozart: Mass in C minor
Concert : Saturday 27th June , 7.30pm St Luke’s Church Thurleigh Road SW12
Saturday Rehearsals: 9th May and 6th June

AGM – Monday 29th June, 8.00pm 12 Earlsfield Road SW18

Future:
Winter Term
Rehearsals start Monday 7th September, 8pm Broomwood Church Hall, Kyrle Road SW11
Monteverdi : Vespers
Concert: Saturday 28th November, 7.30pm St Luke’s Church, Thurleigh Road, SW12
Saturday Rehearsals 10th October and 14th November

Events:
Friday 1st May – 7.30pm United Reform Church, Mansell Road SW19 4AA. Masterclass with Ian Partridge and students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In this Masterclass the audience can observe Ian sharing his knowledge, expertise and teaching with young students hoping to follow in his footsteps.

Tickets £20 (Students £10) E-tickets http://www.wimbledon-choral.org.uk Box Office 020 86052266

Saturday 16th May 7.30pm St Luke’s Church, Thurleigh Road SW12. Voces8 in concert
http://www.slms.org.uk or through Northcote Music

http://www.festivalchorus.co.uk

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