Sat 29 Jun - Malmesbury
The Good Morrow - a summer concert at 7.30pm in Malmesbury Abbey.
I wonder by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved? were we not wean'd till then?
(The Good Morrow, John Donne, 1633)
This special evening has love at its heart and takes its name from John Donne’s famous poem. Our programme has as its backbone the beautiful Mass in E flat for Double Choir by Josef Rheinberger.
Around movements of the Mass we mix in pieces that evoke sentiments from the poem, including music by James Macmillan, Roxanna Panufnik, Britten’s Five Flower Songs and lighter arrangements for a summer's evening.
We are particularly pleased to be giving the official world premiere of new work written especially for us by Alissa Firsova: a setting of the poem The Good Morrow itself.
Tickets cost £18, with a special price of £5 for students. They are available from the Malmesbury Abbey Music Society website.
Fri 2 Aug - Three Choirs
Meditations on the Rig Veda - 10:30pm late-night concert in Gloucester Cathedral, as part of the Three Choirs Festival.
This meditative event weaves together Vedic chant, led by members of the Bhavan centre, with choral settings of these Hindu texts. Jean Coulthard, a student of Vaughan Williams, exults the mystery of creation, while delicate music of contemporary composers Anna R Matthews, Roxanna Panufnik and Sally Lamb McCune embraces the listener, mirroring the celestial beauty of Holst’s settings for choir and solo harp.
We are delighted to be performing with Catherine White (harp), Subhanu Saxena and Dr Nanda Kumar (chanters).
Tickets cost £15 and are available via the Three Choirs website.