‘Fauré Requiem, Haydn’s Little Organ Mass & Mozart’s Fantasia in F Minor for organ’
Saturday 19th October 2019, 7:30 pm, Ely Cathedral
Our next concert in Ely will be ‘Fauré Requiem, Haydn’s Little Organ Mass & Mozart’s Fantasia in F Minor for organ’ in Ely Cathedral.
Tickets will on sale on 2nd September 2019 from the Cathedral Box Office 01353 660349 and online at https://tickets.elycathedral.org/.
For the first concert of our 2019/20 Season Ely Choral Society will be singing Fauré’s Requiem, Haydn’s ‘Little Organ’ Mass and Haydn’s ‘Insanae et vanae curae’ in a concert in Ely Cathedral on Saturday 19th October 2019 at 7:30 pm.
The soloists will be:
Rebecca Duckworth (soprano)
Jonathan Midgley (baritone)
Glen Dempsey (organ)
The concert will be conducted by Andrew Parnell.
Gabriel Fauré composed his Requiem in D minor in the late 1890s, finishing it in 1900 but it was not performed in England until 1936. Fauré wrote of the work, “Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest”. Ely Choral Society will perform the liturgical version of this work with organ accompaniment.
Haydn’s ‘Little Organ Mass’ was composed between 1775 and 1778. St John of God, after whom the Mass is named, was the founder and patron saint of The Brothers Hospitallers and this Mass was written for the Brothers’ church in Eisenstadt. The overall structure of the Mass suggests that it was intended for use in an actual Eucharist, with most of the individual movements kept quite brief as befits music for a service. The Benedictus, however, consists of an extended duet between the solo soprano and the organ: a longer movement under which a significant amount of the liturgy is conducted quietly just by the priest.
Haydn rescued the music of ‘Insanae et vanae curae’ from a forgotten oratorio and rewrote it as a separate anthem with a Latin text. It is divided into two contrasting parts: a fast and dramatic section that tells of fears that fill people’s hearts, and then a softer, more lyrical section that declares that there is no hope unless God is on our side.
Glen Dempsey, the new assistant organist at Ely Cathedral, will also play Mozart’s ‘Fantasia in F minor’ K.608 for solo organ.
Tickets £20, £15, U18s £5 will on sale on 2nd September 2019 from the Cathedral Box Office 01353 660349 and online at https://tickets.elycathedral.org/.
Ely Choral Society’s concert on 13th July 2019 in the Hayward Theatre, King’s Ely for the Isle of Ely Arts Festival
Ely Choral Society has firmly established a reputation for putting on a good concert and tonight’s event was no exception. The Choral Society choir was in full voice, coming up to the mark and fulfilling every different requirement of the pieces in this varied programme. Be it a beautiful tone, precise short, sharp notes, or fluent, smooth phrasing –under the directorship of Andrew Parnell, the choir mastered all when required.
Singing with them tonight was the delightful youth choir and some splendid soloists: Rebecca Duckworth (soprano), Tara Bungard (soprano) and Mark Hounsell (tenor).
The piano accompanists for the evening were Paul Jackson and Andrew Parnell, the conductor. They were both highly accomplished and Paul was most impressive with his accompanying of ‘The Polovtsian Dances’ which usually requires a full, very active orchestra.
The composers of the works in the programme included Verdi, Engelbert Humperdinck, Mozart, Donizetti, Puccini, Bizet, Mascagni, Beethoven, Delibes, Britten and Borodin – among the most famous opera composers. Many a familiar tune was given credence by these fine performers.
Highlights included The Youth Choir singing ‘Evening Prayer’ from ‘Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, Mark Hounsell (tenor) singing ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ (A secret tear) by Donizetti, ‘The Flower Duet’ sung by Rebecca and Tara and the final rousing ‘Polovtsian Dances’ by Borodin. The beauty and charisma or, as in the Polovtsian Dances, the sheet excitement and thrill of the moment were captured splendidly.
In fact the whole evening was one delightful celebration of opera enhanced with interesting background information to the pieces given by the conductor. It was thoroughly enjoyed by the very supportive audience and made a fine contribution to the Isle of Ely Arts Festival.
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