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CHORAL CONCERT

CHORAL CONCERT

SATURDAY 15 JUNE 7:30PM | ULVERSTON PARISH CHURCH – Tickets: £3 – £16

ULVERSTON FESTIVAL CHORUS
JOHN POWELL  DIRECTOR
ANDY PLOWMAN  ORGAN
ANTHONY ALCOCK DOUBLE BASS
ANTHONY HEWITT PIANO
JESS DANDY CONTRALTO
KA PEK HO  DOUBLE BASS
HIU MAN CHENG DOUBLE BASS

To end the Festival we showcase a potpourri of very different styles of instrumental and choral music. The double bass is not an instrument normally associated for a solo role, however we include four works tonight for the instrument.
Philip Glass is arguably the most successful ever minimalist composer and highly regarded Estonian Arvo Pärt’s Für Alina inherits the same simplicity and sparseness. Stromness in the Orkneys was home to Peter Maxwell Davies and lies just across the water from John O’Groats; the link is more than simply geographical in that both emanate from folk style.
Jess Dandy takes us back three centuries to songs by Bach and 19th century Italian composer Bottesini’s Elegy and Tarantella close the first half with something more virtuosic.                                                                                                                

O Radiant Dawn is a motet written in 2008 for a church choir in Glasgow. The striking opening chord sequence is a deliberate echo of Thomas Tallis’s O Nata Lux, also on the subject of light. We move forward three and a half centuries to Hubert Parry’s stirring setting of I was glad, with words from Psalm 122, which was composed for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902. Arvo Pärt is particularly known for his thoughtful, intense choral writing. Many of his works, like The Beatitudes, are in English. The role of the organ in this piece is limited, but very telling. The programme finishes with a complete switch – into the world of jazz. Despite the gap in time and style between the Renaissance and jazz eras, surely Tallis, with his love of syncopated cross-rhythms and ‘blues’ thirds, had some jazz in his soul! Songs and Sonnets is a setting of seven Shakespeare texts by the late, great pianist George Shearing.

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2hrs 15mins including interval

BOCCHERINI Sonata for cello solo and bass in A major G.4
GLASS Metamorphosis 1
PÄRT Für Alina
SHEARING John O’Groats
MAXWELL DAVIES Farewell to Stromness BACH Songs for contralto & organ
BOTTESINI Elegy
BOTTESINI Tarantella
MACMILLAN O Radiant Dawn
TALLIS O Nata Lux
PARRY I was glad PÄRT The Beatitudes
SHEARING Songs and Sonnets

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