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Concerts 2012

Winchester Cathedral - 12th May 2012 7.30pm
by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter

Conductor: Derek Beck
Soloists: Anna Dennis (soprano), Edward Goater (tenor), Michael Bundy (bass)

Choirs: Compton & Shawford Festival Choir, Overton Choral Society, Twyford Singers, Winchester City Festival Choir
Orchestra Leader: Elizabeth Flower


Bizet: Te Deum
Gounod: St Cecilia Mass
Poulenc: Gloria

Our 2012 'French Connection' features three colourful examples of sacred repertoire from the mid-19th century and the late 20th. All three composers had successful careers writing for the opera house and their settings of traditional Latin texts for the church are no less vivid. Powerful choruses and soaring solo lines are supported by rich orchestrations. Bizet had composition lessons from Gounod whilst Poulenc, a devout Catholic, owes more to Stravinsky and jazz in his syncopated version of Gloria in excelsis Deo.

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Romsey Abbey - 19th May 2012 7.30pm
by kind permission of the Vicar and in association with Music in Romsey

Conductor: David Burgess
Soloist: Belinda Sykes (tbc)
Choirs: Botley Choral Society, Itchen Valley Choral Society, Sarisbury Choral Society

Orchestra: Festival Orchestra Leader: Elizabeth Flower

Dvorak: Mass in D
Karl Jenkins: Stabat Mater

Dvorak completed his Op.86 Mass for chorus, semi-chorus and organ in 1887 but six years later orchestrated this Romantic setting of the familiar rite. Karl Jenkins, famous for his Armed Man Mass, premiered his Stabat Mater in Liverpool in 2008. Alongside the accepted Latin prayer he places other poetry, some presented in languages as diverse as Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew. In so doing Jenkins adopts ethnic composition styles and even appropriate non-Western instruments - all in a powerful and engaging manner which has made him such a popular composer.

Previous concerts: 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


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