Spring Concert

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Date(s) - 25/04/2020
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

St Mary's Parish Church


Poulenc                           Gloria

Chilcott                           Requiem

Harrison Psalm 150

Conductor Peter Stallworthy

Organist Andrew Christer

Our Spring concert is a programme entirely of late twentieth and early twenty-first century music – and is full of gorgeous, tuneful melodies and exciting harmonies.

Francis Poulenc was described by the critic Claude Rostand as “half monk and half naughty boy” and his Gloria exhibits admirably those two sides of his personality.  It was one of his later works being written in 1959-1960 and premiered in the USA on 20 January 1961 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Pro Musica under conductor Charles Munch, as a commission from the Serge Koussevitsky Foundation.  In style it is slightly ‘spiky’ to sing and well expresses Poulenc’s joy in his Catholic faith.

Bob Chilcott is one of the most popular current choral composers..  He has spent much of his life immersed in choral music having been both a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge and a member of the King’s Singers.  He led a memorable Big Sing Day, supported by Richmondshire Choral Society, here in Richmond as part of the 2015 Swaledale Festival.  His Requiem  is a beautiful work which demonstrates amply Chilcott’s deep love and understanding of choral singing.

Mark Harrison will be an unfamiliar composer in most of the country but  here in Richmond, and especially in Richmondshire Choral Society, his music is greatly appreciated since he is an active member of our choir.  His Christmas cantata Jubilate Natale earned a standing ovation at our 2016 Christmas concert and we are thrilled to be able to sing his joyous setting of Psalm 150 – the Musicians’ Psalm – for this concert.


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