Saturday 28th March at 7.45 in St Swithun’s Church, Yateley
Mystery & Mourning
Our Spring concert focuses attention on the mystery surrounding the departed, as the choir performs Maurice Duruflé’s much loved setting of the Requiem. Based on ancient Gregorian plainchant, Duruflé’s work combines a reactionary stoicism in response to death with the beating heart of the Romantic spirit. His music is full of colour and passion as well as solitude, grief and reflection. The intense organ accompaniment, yearning cello melodies, mezzo-soprano and baritone solos all bring vivacity and imagination to this extraordinary work.
The concert will also feature Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, settings of George Herbert’s poems about life, death and spirituality, all set to music for baritone solo, choir and organ. In addition, the choir will sing Vaughan Williams’ rousing O, clap your hands, John Rutter’s supple arrangement of Amazing grace and Gabriel Fauré’s champagne-like setting of the Tantum ergo. Our cellist will also perform a great favourite from the repertoire: Saint Saëns’ The Swan.
Experience the opening of the gates to another world in this programme of transcendent choral music. We look forward to seeing you there.