Ely Consort: ‘Sing Joyfully’ – Saturday 25th Nov – Chatteris Parish Church
Saturday 25th November, 7.30pm,
with another programme of fine choral music.
‘Sing Joyfully’ is the title of an anthem by the English Tudor composer William Byrd.
2023 is the 400th anniversary of his death, and also that of his contemporary Thomas Weelkes.
The first half of our programme features a selection of pieces by both composers, covering both the deeply expressive and the joyful aspects of their music. We contrast the Tudor pieces with an incredible piece for eight-part choir by the contemporary composer Jonathan Dove.
Although written recently, ‘Vadam et circuibo civitatem’ also has its roots in the sixteenth century; it is a re-imagining of a piece by Tomas Luis de Victoria, the greatest Spanish composer of the renaissance.
In the second half of the concert, we change era to the late nineteenth century, singing the choruses from Brahms’s incredible ‘German Requiem’, one of the most powerful pieces of choral music ever written.
We will be accompanied in this performance by a splendid new piano duet transcription of the orchestral accompaniment, played by our regular accompanist, Anne Reece, who is joined by Christopher Moore. Anne will also play piano solos by John Ireland in the first half of the concert.
We do hope that you will be able to come to the concert and hear us Singing Joyfully!