St James Church, Whitehaven
Saturday 28 November, 7:30pm
Our first concert of the season combines stunning English choral music of the 20th century with fine poetry.
Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb is a great favourite with audiences and choral singers alike, with words by Christopher Smart depicting all of creation - animals, flowers, letters of the alphabet and diverse musical instruments - praising God in their own way.
Lo, the full, final sacrifice is a setting by Gerald Finzi of Richard Crashaw's versions of hymns by Thomas Aquinas (cf our CD Celestial Banquet).
Perhaps less well known are the beautiful unaccompanied carol Mater ora filium by Arnold Bax, inspired by the music of Byrd, and William Walton's The Twelve, a dramatic cantata for double choir and organ on words by W H Auden, which celebrates the Apostles and their mission to bring joy 'into a joyless world'.
We are delighted to welcome a colleague of Mark's, Simon Niemiński, organist of St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh, to play the fine organ of St James' Church.
Please do encourage your friends and families to join you in this beautiful Georgian church on 28 November for what promises to be an evening of thrilling music.
Tickets £11 in advance from 01228 536146, choir members or from 'The Rum Story', Lowther Street, Whitehaven. £12 at the door. Under-18s and full-time students free.
Formed in 1997 as a small choir with a repertoire ranging from Plainsong to Poulenc, Monteverdi to MacMillan, the Wordsworth Singers have won critical acclaim for inspiring performances of largely unaccompanied works.
The choir's singing members come from all over Cumbria and from the south of Scotland, coming together several times a year to perform concerts throughout Cumbria and beyond, following a two week rehearsal period with their Director of Music, Mark Hindley.
In addition to the season's concerts, the singers frequently perform at weddings and other events, and collaborate with other groups in larger scale works.
Dates for our 2015-16 season:
- Saturday 28 November, 7.30pm
- Saturday 27 February 2016, 7.30pm
- Saturday 23 April 2016, 7.30pm
- Saturday 2 July 2016, 7.30pm
Details can be subject to change, please check nearer the time