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Epiphany in The Snow
13th January 2010
 

   

On Sunday 11 January the choirs of Boys and Girls visited a snowy Olney Parish Church to give the final concert in their series "A Little Britten".

The series began last September with a performance, broadcast on Polish national Television and Radio, of Britten's "War Requiem" in Lublin, Poland, which marked the seventieth anniverary of the beginning of the Second World War. A reviewer from the newspaper "Kurier Lubelski" included the following in the glowing review of the concert:
 

The angelic voices of the Senior Choristers of All Saints Northampton soared with perfect tuning and precision in the closing section and attacked the music with real character in «Domine Jesu Christe». They are a credit to their nation's choral heritage.

Last Sunday's concert was entitled "Sacred and Profane" included "A Ceremony of Carols" performed by the 26 members of the Girls' Choir and accompanied so sensitively by Rowena Bass, "Friday Afternoons" performed by the 22 members of the Boys' Choir, and "Corpus Christi Carol" performed by the combined choirs. The Boys' Choir were particularly delighted to give a rare performance of a secular work, and the audience were beguiled by the lyrics of the songs that make up "Friday Afternoons", not least the following:

There was a man of Newington, and he was wondrous wise,
He jump'd into a quickset hedge, and scratch'd out both his eyes.
But when he saw his eyes were out, with all his might and main.
He jump'd into another hedge, and scratch'd them in again.

We were delighted to see such a large and appreciative audience and - like all our services over the past few weeks - the event continued despite the difficult weather conditions. We offer our thanks to the Rector and Churchwardens for enabling us to visit their historic Church, and for giving us such a warm welcome. The choirs can now count the following works by Britten as part of their ever-growing and diverse repertoire:

A Hymn to the Virgin (1930/34)
Corpus Christi Carol from A Boy was Born (1933/55)
Te Deum laudamus in C (1934)
Friday Afternoons (1935)
Hymn to St Cecilia (1942)
A Ceremony of Carols (1942)
Rejoice in the Lamb (1943)
Missa brevis in D (1959)
Jubilate Deo in C (1961)
War Requem (1961)
A Hymn to St Columba (1962)


If you missed this concert then the next chance you have to hear the Boys and Girls together is on 14 March - Mothering Sunday - at 10:30am when they perform one of their favourite pieces, Bob Chilcott's "A Little Jazz Mass" for Mothering Sunday.

You can hear extracts of Bob Chilcott's "A Little Jazz Mass" by visiting youtube.com

You can find out more about Olney Parish Church by visiting their website www.olneyparish.org.uk



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