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‘In Terra Pax’ Finzi & ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’ Vaughan Williams – 8/12/2018

A Saturday evening concert in Sunderland Minster starting at 7.30 p.m., conducted by David Murray.

Tickets £14.00 for Nave (£8 concessions for full-time students and on income related benefits) or £8.00 (Gallery – limited view). Accompanied under 16s free. Tickets are available from members of the Society, at the door, or on-line from http://www.wegottickets.com/BCS – who also have a direct link on the home page of this website. Doors open from 6.45 p.m.

Gerald Finzi was born in London on July 14, 1901, and spent his early childhood in London. His father died when he was just seven and following the outbreak of the First World War Finzi moved with his mother to Harrogate, in Yorkshire. There Finzi was able to study composition with the composer Ernest Farrar and from 1917 with Edward Bairstow at York Minster. But attracted by the beauty of the English Countryside, Finzi moved to Painswick, Gloucestershire, in 1922 where he was able to compose in tranquility

A series of tragedies profoundly affected Finzi in his early years. By the time he was eighteen he had lost his father, three elder brothers and his much-loved music teacher, killed in action. This dreadful sequence of events, and the appalling losses of the First World War that formed the backdrop to his adolescence, gave Finzi an acute awareness of the impermanence of life, confirmed with grim finality when at the age of fifty he discovered that he was dying of leukaemia. These experiences to a large extent account for the hint of melancholy underlying much of his music.

Written just two years before Finzi’s death in 1956, In Terra Pax skilfully juxtaposes words of Robert Bridges (which are set for the baritone soloist) with the familiar Christmas passage from St Luke (set for the soprano soloist and chorus). With a childlike serenity of style, the work unites all its feelings, images and familiar events into one simple, shapely musical narrative. With its seasonal theme, it makes the most attractive centre-piece for any Christmas choral programme.

Ralph Vaughan Williams was born into England’s upper class, destined for the nonworking life of a gentleman. But he grew up during a renaissance in English music, spurred by knighted composers Charles Hubert Parry, Charles Villiers Stanford, and George Grove. At London’s Royal College of Music, Vaughan Williams studied composition under Parry, who believed England should have its own distinct music, free of German influence. In an era when many homes had pianofortes and choral societies were widespread across England, the music of the German masters ruled. Vaughan Williams and his friend Gustav Holst dedicated themselves to creating English-defined music, reviewing each other’s compositions with honesty and vision for 40 years.

His cantata Dona Nobis Pacem, premiered in 1936, opens with a heartrending cry expressing both the composer’s and the public’s anguish over the worsening political situation in Europe, which would lead again to war. Vaughan Williams devoted the years of World War II to helping refugees find shelter and work, providing food by planting huge vegetable gardens and keeping chickens, and helping to stage free lunchtime concerts.

The whole work is welded together by the composer’s sense of urgency; his ‘main inspiration is drawn not from the soil of England, but from the whole world going mad around him’. The music for the words from Micah (‘nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more …’), and thereafter, becomes more optimistic, here the music returns to a state of hesitant prayer sung ppp by the chorus and solo soprano, a prayer that at the time was not to be granted.

The Murrays in concert – Saturday 19th January 2019

David Murray (piano) and Christopher Murray (cello)

7.30 p.m. in Sunderland Minster. Tickets £10 – accompanied children free – available from choir members or at the door or go to the link on www.bishopwearmouth.co.uk

This father and son duo do not need much introduction. David is Bishopwearmouth Choral Society Musical Director and one  of the North East’s best known pianists. His son, Christopher, is a member of the dynamic and charismatic Heath Quartet – winners of many prestigious awards.

The programme will include :

Couperin : Pieces en Concert
Prelude: Sicilienne: La Tromba: Plainte: Air de Diable

Bach: Sonata in G major BWV 1027
Adagio: Allegro ma non tanto: Andante: Allegro moderato

Prokofiev: Sonata Op. 119

Andante Grave – Moderato Animato: Moderato: Allegro ma non troppo

This will be an evening of great variety and outstanding quality.

 

Tall Ships Visit – July 12th 2018

As part of the Tall Ships visit to Sunderland, Bishopwearmouth Choral Society will be performing on Thursday July 12th 2018 between 1.30 and 2.15 p.m. in Zone B on the Town Moor, close to the Docks (Zone A) and the river where the ships will be docked.

Please see general publicity on the Tall Ships Visit website for accessibility and Park & Ride arrangements.

Coffee Morning – Saturday November 9th 2019

A Saturday morning event in Fulwell Methodist Church from 10.00 a.m. till 12.00 midday.

Why not join the Society in a social event which comes with a raffle and stalls, while enjoying the tea/coffee, scones and a chat

Coffee Morning – Saturday November 10th 2018

A Saturday morning event in Fulwell Methodist Church from 10.00 a.m. till 12.00 midday.

Why not join the Society in a social event which comes with a raffle and stalls, while enjoying the tea/coffee, scones and a chat

The Great American Songbook – June 30th 2018 in Whitley Bay

Bishopwearmouth Choral Society are pleased to be part of this year’s St.Mary’s Concerts series and will be performing a selection of David Murray arrangements in St.Mary the Virgin Church, Claremont Gardens, Whitley Bay, NE26 3SF on Saturday June 30th 2018 – details to be confirmed.

The Great American Songbook – June 23rd 2018

A Saturday evening concert in Sunderland Minster starting at 7.30 p.m., conducted by David Murray.

The concert will feature David Murray’s own arrangements, for choir, piano and string quintet, of some of the great songs to have come out of America in the twentieth century. These will include a Gershwin selection, a Jerome Kern Medley, and a Carpenters Sequence.

Tickets £14.00 for Nave (£8 concessions for full-time students and on income related benefits) or £8.00 (Gallery – limited view). Accompanied under 16s free. Tickets are available from members of the Society, at the door, or on-line from http://www.wegottickets.com/BCS – who also have a direct link on the home page of this website. Doors open from 6.45 p.m.

 

Coffee Morning – Saturday May 12th 2018

A Saturday morning event in Fulwell Methodist Church from 10.00 a.m. till 12.00 midday.

Why not join the Society in a social event which comes with a raffle and stalls, while enjoying the tea/coffee, scones and a chat

A Christmas Carol – Saturday 16th December 2017

A Saturday evening concert by Bishopwearmouth Young Singers, supported by members of Bishopwearmouth Choral Society, at 7.30 p.m. in Ewesley Road Methodist Church.

A performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ – words by Tony Runham and music by David Murray.

No tickets necessary but a donation of £5.00 would be most welcome – accompanied under 16s free admission.

On Christmas Night – December 2nd 2017

A Saturday evening concert with Bishopwearmouth Young Singers in Sunderland Minster starting at 7.30 p.m., conducted by David Murray.

A cornucopia of Christmas music featuring ‘Ceremony of Carols’ by Britten, ‘On Christmas Night’ by Chilcott, and ‘What Sweeter Music’ by Rutter – with other items, including  a soloist and with Bishopwearmouth Young Singers.

On Christmas Night, by Bob Chilcott, is a musical celebration of the Christmas Story, presented as a sequence of eight original carols. Chilcott calls upon several familiar carol melodies within his own settings, resulting in an array of styles and moods – from comforting and reflective to jubilant, swinging and folksy.

A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, is a choral piece by Benjamin Britten, scored for chorus, solo voices, and harp. Written for Christmas, it consists of eleven movements, with text from The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems, edited by Gerald Bullett; it is in Middle English. The piece was written in 1942 while Britten was at sea, going from the USA to England.

What sweeter music can we bring than a carol, for to sing, by John Rutter, goes right to the essence of the season.

Tickets £14.00 for Nave (£8 concessions for full-time students and on income related benefits) or £8.00 (Gallery – limited view). Accompanied under 16s free. Tickets are available from members of the Society, at the door, or on-line from http://www.wegottickets.com/BCS – who also have a direct link on the home page of this website. Doors open from 6.45 p.m.