Making a fresh start to a new year and a new decade, Rochester Choral Society will make Rochester’s ancient Cathedral resound with two recent choral works by living, British composers. Bob Chilcott’s REQUIEM (written 2010) combines evocative layers of plaintive harmonies with spiky, modern rhythms, building to a dramatic climax in the “libera me” (“Save me from eternal death”) but concluding serenely with a soprano solo which seems to soar to Heaven. The musical opposite of a Requiem for the Dead, John Rutter’s THE GIFT OF LIFE (completed 2015) is a work whose six movements celebrate Creation and Life itself. The six “Canticles” are mostly based on Biblical texts, enlivened by Rutter’s un-erring ear for a sing-able tune, and include his harmonically luminous “Hymn to the Creator of Light” (written 1993). The rousing, rhythmic variety of the movements evokes the diversity and profusion of Nature. The choir will be conducted by their Musical Director, John Mountford, and accompanied by a chamber ensemble. Soloists in this performance will be: Harriet Mountford – Soprano and David Booer – Tenor.
Further information and tickets: http://www.rochesterchoral.co.uk/concerts
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