7:00 PM19:00

Christmas Concert with Lymington Choral Society

Christmas Concert

7pm,  Saturday, 2 December, 2017     St Thomas’ Church, Lymington

Vivaldi Gloria, Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noel and other seasonal music brought to you by the Choral Society, Musical Director, Michael Goldthorpe and Timothy Rice, Organ.

The Lymington Classical Players, Leader Jack Maguire.  Singers from local schools.  Soloists from the London Conservatoires.

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7:30 PM19:30

Mozart Vespers and Beethoven Mass in C with Goldsmiths Choral Union at Cadogan Hall

Three magnificent choral works from the Viennese Classical period are performed by Goldsmiths Choral Union, with period instrumentalists from the Musicians of London.

Haydn’s brilliant Te Deum was first performed in 1800 in celebration of a visit to Austria by Lord Nelson. Mozart’s Vespers, written in Salzburg around 1780, features his well-loved setting of Laudate Dominum. Beethoven’s passionate setting of Mass in C, from 1807, pushes musical boundaries towards Romanticism.

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3:00 PM15:00

Somerset Song Prize - Semi-Finals

The Somerset Song Prize is a biennial national singing competition for young people aged 18 to 26. With a First Prize of £1000 the competition is organised through a series of regional rounds followed by semi-finals and a final over one weekend in Taunton. The finals for next competition will be on 13-14 May 2017. Regional rounds will take place in Somerset, Cardiff, Birmingham and London in March/April 2017.

The Somerset Song Prize is a competition for art song and it places a special importance on the collaborative relationship between the singer and their pianist. Arias from oratorios and operas are not permitted. The definition of art song is reasonably wide although competitors must include in their programme a song which is not in their native language.

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6:30 PM18:30

Summer Classics: A French Twist with Sussex Voiceworks

St Mary de Haura Church, Shoreham
Widor Toccata from Symphony No.5
Faure Cantique de Jean Racine
Canteloube Bailero from "Songs from the Auvergne"
Franck Panis Angelicus
Dubussy Nuit d’etoiles
Dubussy Beau Soir
Chilcott Ophelia, Caliban and Miranda
Gounod Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cecile

A wonderful selection of the very best in popular French favourites with a British Twist. 
Widor’s electrifying Toccata from Symphony No.5 joins Faure’s lush prizewinning Cantique de Jean Racine, Debussy’s vivacious Nuit d’etoiles & Beau Soir, alongside Canteloube’s reflective Bailero (from Songs of the Auvergne). César Francks’ glorious Panis Angelicus is contrasted with a jazzy twist on three Shakesperian characters (Hamlet & The Tempest) in the form of Ophelia, Caliban and Miranda.  Gounod’s monumental St Cecillia Mass concludes the programme with dazzle, charm and delight.

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7:00 PM19:00

St John's, Smith Square: Handel's Messiah (bass solos)

Come and join the Smith Square Voices for their annual scratch performance of what is probably the most popular of all choral works – Handel’s Messiah. Accompanied by the Chartwell Sinfonia, and with Tenebrae’s Associate Artists as soloists, choral singers are invited to come together to celebrate and perform as part of our Holy Week Festival. 

There is not a more appropriate work at this time of year than Handel’s supremely powerful oratorio which tells the story of Christ’s foretelling, His passion and the mystery of mankind’s redemption through His suffering.

There will be a choir ‘warm-up’ between 1.00pm – 2.00pm, followed by a full rehearsal with orchestra between 2.30pm – 5.30pm. We will be performing the Watkins Shaw edition published by Novello. Vocal scores will be available for hire from St John’s Smith Square for £5 each.

More details here.

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