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13th June

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Newbury & District
Arts Association
Newbury Chamber Choir

  15 June

Summer Concert


Vierne : Messe Solennelle Britten : Rejoice in the Lamb David Willcocks : A Ceremony of Psalms

Musical Director - Ben de Souza

Organ: Steve Bowey

Louis Vierne is part of the great tradition of French organist composers that stretches from César Franck to Messiaen. His Messe Solennelle was originally composed for two organs, but was later adapted for a single organ. It reflects the late Romantic style of French choral music, characterized by rich harmonies, expressive melodies, and a sense of grandeur.

Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb is a jubilant cantata for organ, choir and four soloists. Rejoice in the Lamb has widely been recognised for its uniqueness and creativity, incorporating various vocal techniques and textures.

A Ceremony of Psalms is a choral work by David Willcocks, a prominent English choral conductor, and composer. This piece sets excerpts from the Psalms for mixed choir and organ.

Join us in the picturesque setting of St Mary's Church, Kintbury for this feast of choral music.

Box_office: Online at www.newburychamberchoir.org or on the door.

Douai Abbey, Woolhampton

  16 June

Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium

Paragon Singers (from Bath) and Het Lelikoor (from Amsterdam)


The next concert will also take full advantage of our special space. The main work is "Spem in alium"  by Thomas Tallis. This is the forty-part motet written in c 1570  - that's right, forty different vocal lines: eight choirs of five voices each! It has been performed at Douai two or three times before. 

If you haven't heard the work before, have a listen to this Youtube performance by the choir of Strasbourg Cathedral: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMl8lnG2oCo and for another version recorded in lockdown by 40 singers all singing from their own homes:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg2KyxQqsLs. For a very informative, if slightly eccentric, commentary on  the work go to:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1zZwppTuc

These versions should whet your appetites, but of course will not compare with the experience of a live performance. This will be given by Paragon Singers who come from Bath and are conducted by Sarah Latto who has brought another choir to Douai a few years ago: Glass Ensemble. They will be joined by a choir from Amsterdam, conducted by JanJoost van Elburg who was conductor of Reading Bach Choir from 2003 - 2010 and who has conducted them at Douai on various occasions. He also brought another of his choirs, the Bartholomew Consort, to Douai in the past.. The programme will also include music by Bruckner, Herbert Howells, Roxanna Panufnik and Sweelinck together with pieces by Dutch and Flemish composers.

More details on their websites: www.paragonsingers.co.uk   and   www.hetlelikoor.nl

Tickets @ £15 (Students £5) from  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/select/wOAPQFxhnfDB

is supported by:
West Berkshire District Council