An evening of traditional seasonal music in the company of Hertfordshire Chorus. It is our privilege to sing glorious music in wonderful venues throughout the year, but we all have a special love of Christmas at Haileybury. It is always a magical concert, and this year promises to be no exception. As ever this will be a family concert with audience carols, and the Chorus will sing a range of Christmas music old and new.
Lynda Russell soprano
Peter Savidge baritone
London Orchestra da Camera
David Temple conducting
Vaughan Williams created one of the great choral masterpieces of the 20th century with his Dona Nobis Pacem. Composed in the mid 1930s (as the drums of war beat across Europe) this score is a deeply moving plea for peace. Vaughan Williams combined traditional Latin texts with the powerful verbal imagery of Walt Whitman who, like the composer, knew the horrors of war first hand. His Five Mystical Songs for baritone, chorus and orchestra are settings of poems by metaphysical poet George Herbert, whose poetry contained ‘a picture of the many spiritual conflicts that have passed betwixt God and my soul’. It was verse in which Vaughan Williams saw a kinship with his own agnosticism.
Schicksalslied is largely considered to be Brahms’s greatest choral work, with the exception of Ein deutsches Requiem. Many argue that had Brahms never written anything but Schicksalslied, it alone would have ranked him with the masters. Brahms composed the Academic Festival Overture during the summer of 1880 as a musical "thank you" to the University of Breslau, which had awarded him an honorary doctorate the previous year.
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Hertfordshire Chorus is one of the finest and busiest choirs around. Recent performances include Music from the Queen's Coronation in the Royal Festival Hall (broadcast on Classic FM), The Home Front in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra (broadcast on BBC Radio 3), Bach Mass in B Minor in Milton Court Concert Hall, Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Mozart Mass in C Minor and Mendelssohn Die erste Walpurgisnacht in St Albans Abbey, Mozart Requiem and Will Todd Ode to a Nightingale in The Sage Gateshead.
The Chorus performs regularly in Barbican Hall, andis hired for many high profile engagements.They join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Rochester Castle's Last Night of the Proms concerts, and Hertfordshire Chorus singers went on tour with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
Hertfordshire Chorus regularly commissions new works for the choral repertoire - Will Todd's Mass in Blue is a Hertfordshire Chorus commission. The latest work to be commissioned is Codebreaker by James McCarthy, which will be premiered in Barbican Hall on 26 April 2014.
Find out more about Hertfordshire Chorus by watching our videos.
Passionate about Singing
... was made during a visit to The Sage, Gateshead.
Keats in Concert
... tells the story of a Chorus Commission: Will Todd's Ode to a Nightingale.
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