The choir is delighted to be returning to the Elliott Hall where they last performed in 2018 and this will be their first concert since the internationally renowned soprano Dame Emma Kirkby became their new President in January this year.
The programme will include Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and the lovely Requiem by Maurice Duruflé. They will also be performing a beautiful, short unaccompanied piece by the acclaimed American composer Randall Thompson entitled Alleluiah.
Composed in the 1940s, Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem features themes which are more familiar in Early Music but transformed into settings which are both serene and haunting. Leonard Bernstein’s magnificently eclectic Chichester Psalms was commissioned for the Southern Cathedrals Festival at Chichester Cathedral in 1965. The psalms are set in the original Hebrew to what are effectively lively dance-rhythms interspersed with melodies of irresistible sweetness - clearly influenced by Bernstein’s earlier West-side Story!
Randall Thompson's emotive Alleluia, composed shortly before the 2nd World War, sets that single word to constantly shifting rhythms and melodies which build inexorably and very beautifully to an unforgettable climax.
The choir will be joined by soloist Mercè Bruguera Abelló and accompanied by HCS Sinfonia who will also perform American composer Samuel Barber’s evocative and highly moving Adagio for Strings – the piece so memorably performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2001 just 4 days after the 9/11 tragedy. By way of contrast, and continuing the American theme, the orchestra will also perform Aaron Copland’s absolutely irresistible Rodeo Hoedown.
Further details available at www.harrowchoral.org.uk
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