This Friday, a special late-night meditation on the Rig Veda will take place at Gloucester Cathedral as part of the prestigious Three Choirs Festival. The concert weaves together Vedic chant with choral settings of these Hindu texts. Jean Coulthard, a student of Vaughan Williams, exults the mystery of creation, while delicate music of contemporary composers Anna R Matthews, Roxanna Panufnik and Sally Lamb McCune embraces the listener, mirroring the celestial beauty of Holst’s settings for choir and solo harp.
This concert will see the Oriel Singers give the premiere performance of Asvins under the baton of Ben Sawyer.
Tickets and full details: https://3choirs.org/whats-on/meditations-on-the-rig-veda/
The prestigious Three Choirs Festival is the oldest non-competitive classical music festival in the world, celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2015. It comprises a week-long programme of choral and orchestral concerts, cathedral services, solo and chamber music recitals, masterclasses, talks, theatre, exhibitions and walks, rotating each summer between the beautiful English cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester.
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On Wednesday 12 December, the accomplished University of Exeter Chapel Choir will perform From Flanders as part of their Nine Lessons and Carols at the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel. This special performance of From Flanders marks the centenary of the WWI Armistice. All are welcome at this beautiful and traditional candlelit carol service, which will be followed by free mince pies and mulled wine served downstairs in the University’s Old Library.
Visit the University Chaplaincy website to find out more.
Following the success of last year’s summer singing day, Peter Nickol and Anna Matthews are once again holding a gathering of singers in Exeter to work through some of their own choral compositions. The date is set for Saturday 3rd September. We are on the look out for keen singers in all voice parts – please get in touch if you are interested in joining us.
Anna’s carol From Flanders, commemorating 100 years since the First World War Christmas truce, will be performed by Exeter Philharmonic Choir in two concerts at Exeter Cathedral this week. The programme will feature carols old and new and a chance for some audience participation with the classics.
Wednesday 10th and 11th December, 7:30pm, tickets available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/exeterphilchoir or on the door.
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Performances of ‘From Flanders’ are already scheduled for the following dates:
- Wokingham, 9th November 2014
9:30am, St Paul’s Church, Remembrance Day service.
- Exeter, 10th & 11th December 2014
7:30pm, Exeter Cathedral, Exeter Philharmonic Choir carol concerts. More information and tickets from www.exephil.org.uk – book early to avoid disappointment.
Listen to today’s Mike Read show on BBC Radio Berkshire to hear about the piece and its particular connection to Wokingham, available on BBC iPlayer for the next 7 days (mentioned at approximately 01:04:00). With great thanks to Mike Churcher of ‘Wokingham Remembers‘.
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