Burford singers / Brahms and Vaughan Williams /14 April 2019
Britten War Requiem in King’s
Saturday 19 January 2019, 8.00pm
KING’S COLLEGE CHAPEL
Britten War Requiem
Cambridge University Orchestra
Cambridge University Sinfonia
Choirs of Clare, Jesus, Selwyn and Trinity Colleges
Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Graham Ross conductor
Natalya Romaniw soprano
Ed Lyon tenor
Gareth John bass
Tickets: £35, £30, £20, £6
Students and under-18s: £31, £26, £16 or £5 on the door, subject to availability
This is a concert not to be missed, and we eagerly await the skilled playing of the Cambridge University Orchestra, joined by members of the Cambridge University Sinfonia, the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, and Choirs of Clare, Jesus, Selwyn and Trinity Colleges under the baton of Graham Ross and with soloists Natalya Romaniw, the first person ever to win both the Loveday Song Prize and first prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Ed Lyon, one of Britain’s most sought-after and versatile tenors, and Gareth John, winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award and rising opera star with organizations including the Welsh National Opera.
It is difficult to overstate the immensity and the musical and emotional impact of Britten’s War Requiem, a piece commissioned for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral and dedicated to four men who lost their lives because of the war. Britten weaves together the traditional Latin Mass and poetry by Wilfred Owen and heavily features the unifying motif of the tritone, a haunting and unresolved interval.
Calling upon a symphony orchestra, a chamber ensemble, a large-scale choir, a boys’ choir, and three soloists, which only unify in the final minutes of the piece, the War Requiem ends at rest with a pleading sense of hope after vividly reminding us of the beautiful terrors of war and loss.
‘Merry Christmas’ at the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Purcell – Come ye sons of Art
Mozart – Vesperae solennes de confessore
Oliver Lallemant – Conductor
Benjamin Williamson – Countertenor
Sam Boden – Tenor
Gareth Brynmor John – Baritone
Sloane Square Orchestra
|Temple Chamber Ensemble|
Brahms’ German Requiem, written as a tribute to his mother, and designed to comfort the grieving, has touched many people’s lives since it was composed in 1868.
In terms of both length and musical content, Ein Deutches Requiem is Brahms’ largest single work. Deeply moving, profound and powerful, its status as one of the greatest monuments of choral music – especially among its nineteenth-century peers – is unchallenged.
Although originally written for choir, soloists and large orchestral forces, the Temple Singers will present an exciting new version; the orchestral parts have been rearranged for chamber ensemble consisting of flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, ‘cello and piano by Iain Farrington, though the choral and solo parts remain untouched. This is a unique opportunity to hear a sensitively re-worked interpretation of a timeless choral classic.
Tickets: £40 £30 £25 £15
Benjamin Goodson Conductor
Robyn Allegra Parton Soprano
Gareth Brynmor John Baritone
Gerald Finzi God is Gone up
Frank Bridge Suite for Strings
Ralph Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs
Howard Goodall Eternal Light: A Requiem
To mark the centenary of the First World War Armistice, Bath Camerata and the Bristol Ensemble perform a poignant programme of music by British composers.
We begin with three highly distinctive 20th-century works: Finzi’s ebullient anthem, God is gone up, Frank Bridge’s elegiac Suite for Stringsand Vaughan Williams’ masterful Five Mystical Songs for baritone and choir, a setting of poetry by George Herbert which culminates in the triumphant hymn of praise, ‘Let all the world in every corner sing’.
Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem, premiered in 2008, interweaves poetry and prayer for the departed, movingly juxtaposing words from the Latin mass with English poems. The composer has described Eternal Light as ‘addressing grief’, remarking that choral music, among other things, has the ability to ‘mark the passing of a precious life and honour it with dignity, compassion and beauty’.
We are delighted to be joined for this very special concert by two highly acclaimed, young British soloists: soprano Robyn Allegra Parton (‘standout’ – Observer) and baritone Gareth Brynmor John, winner of the Kathleen Ferrier award.