Mendelssohn Hymn of Praise (Lobgesang)

Mendelssohn Hymn of Praise
(Lobgesang)
Brahms Song of Destiny
(Schicksalslied)
Brahms Alto Rhapsody

Saturday 3 November 2018 7.30pm

London Mozart Players
Canterbury Choral Society
Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir
Richard Cooke
conductor
Rebecca Lea soprano
Madeleine Shaw mezzo soprano
Peter Auty tenor

VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral

Saturday’s Mendelssohn Hymn of Praise concert in the Cathedral closes the Festival with a romantic flourish. Brahms’ choral writing was centred on his German Requiem, but there are shorter works of similar quality, two of which – The Alto Rhapsody for alto solo, men’s choir and orchestra, and the Song of Destiny, will be performed by the choir and orchestra in the first half of the concert.

Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2, Lobgesang, better known as Hymn of Praise, follows. A favourite of the choral repertoire ever since it was written in 1840, it has a similar structure to Beethoven’s 9th with three orchestral movements preceding the grand, extended choral finale. Mendelssohn Hymn of Praise ends with a burst of uplifting energy and fiery choruses, offset by enchantingly lyrical orchestral writing and solos arias.

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Family Carols

Family Carols

Saturday 15 December 2018, 7pm

Festival Brass Ensemble
Canterbury Choral Society
Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir
Richard Cooke
conductor

VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral

Sponsored by Pharon

A Christmas feast for all the family! Come and celebrate singing some Christmas classics with old favourites and a few less familiar carols. The programme also features Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir and the Festival Brass Ensemble, and will include Once in Royal David’s City, In the Bleak Midwinter and O Little Town of Bethlehem. Children in the audience will be invited to come forward to sing on the stage. A must to start your Christmas.

Handel Messiah

Handel Messiah

Saturday 19 January 2019

London Handel Orchestra
Canterbury Choral Society
Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir
Richard Cooke
conductor
Julia Doyle
soprano
Alexander Chance counter-tenor
Charles Daniels tenor
Benjamin Bevan bass

VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral

 

Sponsored by
the Henry Oldfield Trust

Handel’s enduring masterpiece continues to be the absolute favourite amongst concert audiences. The glories of the Hallelujah Chorus, the Amen Chorus and many others are surrounded by solo arias of exquisite beauty and refinement. The London Handel Orchestra, one of the main professional specialist orchestras for music of this period, will accompany a group of high-class soloists. Canterbury Choral Society and its Youth Choir will provide the great choral backdrop.

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