Sing Joyfully – together

29/05/2018 16:15

The Manchester Chorale welcomes Kent Chamber Choir and Musical Director Alan Vincent to Manchester to sing in a joint concert at St Ann’s Church in Central Manchester on Saturday 16th June and in a Mass at ‘The Hidden Gem’ Church at midday on Sunday 17th June.

 

Saturday’s joint concert will see two quite different halves to the evening. The Manchester Chorale will present a set of recent, mainly secular compositions that tend to be very melodic with exciting and varied rhythms. We even have one of our basses Chris O’Hara contributing two of his evocative songs set to poems about the consequences of war. Kent Chamber Choir will sing a diverse set ranging from their own MD Alan Vincent’s Sanctus to Maddalena Casulana’s Morir Non Puo Il Mio Cuore and Adio Lidia. Casulana was the first female composer to have her music published (in 1575) and considered herself as the first woman to be regarded as a professional composer.

 

It promises to be a night to remember with something to suit everybody. The highlights may well be when the two choirs sing together Rachmaninov’s Bogoroditse Devo and Byrd’s Sing Joyfully, from where we get our concert title.

 

The concert ends on a high note: the joint choirs will sing a spiritual My Lord, What a Morning, arranged by James Wild, the Chorale MD’s father.

 

Manchester Chorale sing:

Eric Whitacre                                       With a Lily in Your Hand

Eric Whitacre                                       A Boy and a Girl

Chris O’Hara                                       There Will Come Soft Rains

Chris O’Hara                                       The Dancers

Anton Leanderson-Andreas                Coffee Time

Gavelin and Nilson                              Hold Me Fast

Ola Gjeilo                                            Northern Lights

Moses Hogan                                      Elijah Rock

Both choirs sing:

Sergei Rachmaninov                          Bogoroditse Devo

William Byrd                                       Sing Joyfully

Kent Chamber Choir sing:

James MacMillan                               O Radiant Dawn

Gerald Finzi                                        My Spirit Sang All Day

Alan Vincent                                       Sanctus  

William Byrd                                       Agnus Dei

Anon. 16th century                              Rejoice in the Lord Alway 

Bruckner                                             Locus Iste

Hubert Parry                                       My Soul, There is a Country

Maddalena Casulana                         Morir Non Puo Il Mio Cuore

Maddalena Casulana                         Adio Lidia

Pierre Passereau                               Il est Bel et Bon

Both choirs sing:

James Wild                                          My Lord, What a Morning