Newsletter 31/12/17

We had such an enjoyable Christmas Concert; my thanks to everyone involved, the choir, the orchestra, the tech crew, the church and especially to our accompanist Ken Williams. The audience was very appreciative.

 

The video is here: https://archive.org/details/ChristmasConcert2017.

 

Phiroz Dalal

Musical Director

Coming up...

Key dates for 2018

Thursday 4th January

1st rehearsal of term

Saturday 17th March

14.30-17.30 rehearsal (tbc)

Tuesday 20th March

19.30-21.30 rehearsal (tbc)

Sunday 25th March

14.30-17.30 rehearsal

18.30 concert

Thursday 29th March & 5th April

No rehearsals

Saturday 30th June

Summer Concert

Sunday 9th December

Christmas Concert

All dates are on the calendar on the choir website

www.smce.org.uk

Programme for Concert on Sunday 25th March 6 for 6.30pm

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Nisi Dominus

Lauda Jerusalem

With chamber orchestra and continuo organ

Two psalms from the Vespers (evening prayers) service which were sung on any feast day of the Virgin. They are based on melodically limited and repetitious Gregorian chant psalm tones, around which Monteverdi builds a range of harmonically simple but rhythmically innovative textures.

Dietrich Buxtehude c1637-1707

Magnificat

With chamber orchestra and continuo organ

The authorship of the Magnificat is in doubt but it as a delightful musical appeal and simplicity. The words are taken from the gospel of Luke in the Bible. The Magnificat (My soul magnifies the Lord is one of the eight most ancient Christian hymns.

Arvo Pärt 1935 - present

Magnificat

A capella

The Beatitudes

Organ

Pärt’s music post-1977 was a weaving together of a melodic line in which one voice outlines a chord while the other circles around it. It has been called ‘holy minimalism’. The style is called tintinnabuli (bell-like) and it is a reverie of rhythmical simplicity with no change of tempo. The Beatitudes were taken from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount which starts ‘blessed are the poor in spirit, for they shall inherit the earth’.

George Frideric Handel 1685-1759 Utrecht Te Deum

Chamber orchestra and continuo organ

This Te Deum, along with Handel’s Jubilate, was performed on 7 July 1713 in St Paul’s Cathedral at the thanksgiving service for the Treaty of Utrecht. As Handel was a great recycler of ideas, parts of this joyful work will sound familiar, particularly if you know Messiah or Dixit Dominus. It is festively scored for strings with oboes, trumpets and timpani, and has no arias but short solos, duets and quartets. Te Deums are hymns of praise and celebration and they were popular in the baroque period of Handel’s time. Handel followed the models of Henry Purcell's 1694 Te Deum and Jubilate with strings and trumpets.