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ST CECILIA'S DAY CONCERT
All Saints Church, Northampton
 
FRIDAY 22nd November 2013 at 7:00pm
 

Featuring: The Girls and Men of All Saints Choir, Wind

Dectet, Jonathan Dove and James Laing

 
 
 

In two months’ time, the Choirs of All Saints will stage their annual St Cecilia’s Day concert, which this year coincides with the 100th anniversary of the birth of the composer Benjamin Britten.
 



   

Over the year the Music Department has promoted much of Britten’s choral and chamber music in the festival A Little Britten, and this concert is the culmination. This is also the first concert run in partnership between the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust and All Saints’ Church, and we are delighted that one of the Trust’s première ensembles, its Wind Dectet, will be performing for us.

The Girls and Men of All Saints will be performing Britten’s Hymn to Saint Cecilia, on the most perfect day imaginable for a performance – one that celebrated both Britten and St Cecilia herself. With poignant words by W. H. Auden, and spectacular solos for all voice parts, this will surely be a hit. The Girls’ Choir is joined by the Boys’ Choir to perform selections from Britten’s school song sequence, Friday Afternoons (yes, the performance is taking place on a Friday evening, but we’re pretty close!) – a performance that is part of the Britten-Pears Foundation’s own celebrations of Britten’s commitment to young musicians. Across the country it is estimated that over 10,000 children will be

performing songs from Friday Afternoons that day, and we are delighted to join them.

The Boys and Men of All Saints will be performing Northampton’s own Britten – the festival anthem Rejoice in the Lamb. With a remarkable text by Christopher Smart, this work was composed 70 years ago, and we are delighted to be giving one of the anniversary performances in the town for which it was written. Rejoice in the Lamb has provided some of the inspiration for the culmination of the concert, the world première of our 2013 commission, a new festival anthem entitled Out of the Whirlwind, by the acclaimed composer Jonathan Dove.
 

 

 

Dove's commitment to community development through innovative musical projects is serious and honest, and he remains passionate about introducing new audiences to opera, and in this new festival anthem a very dramatic text from the Book of Job (complete with “the sweet influences of Pleiades”, the “bands of Orion” and characters from Mazzaroth to Arcturus, as well as a prominent Ostrich!) is set for two separate organs, choir and four soloists, including a prominent

part for solo countertenor – taking the role of Job. We are delighted the welcome back James Laing, a regular soloist at English National Opera who has recently given his debut at the Royal Opera House, to sing the part of Job, and the choir of Boys, Girls and Men will combine for the performance.
 

The concert begins at 7:00pm and tickets cost £10 with £7 concessions (UB40, Student Card, Pensioners, proof must be provided at the door) and are available for purchase by credit or debit card on the website here. £5 tickets are available to members of the Friends of All Saints’ Music; these can only be purchased directly from the Music Department in advance, and are not available on the door. Limited tickets will be available on the night from “doors open” at 6:30pm. The Church is wheelchair-accessible and has a suite of modern lavatories. For more information or for queries about accessibility please contact the Music Department on 01604 623845 or e-mail music@allsaintsnorthampton.co.uk

 



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