The augmented choir of St. Michael’s Church will give its 24th concert on Good Friday, April 14th, at 7.30pm.
This year the main work is the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé (1902 – 1986), who was organist of St. Etienne du Mont in Paris for over 50 years. The Requiem was completed in 1947. It combines the traditional plainsong melodies with highly-coloured romantic harmonies, and is now an established favourite with choirs the world over. For the first time in these concerts we have two professional soloists. Harriet Kirk holds a Masters degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has also studied with English National Opera. She has sung in the last three seasons at Grange Park Opera. John Holland-Avery sang in the choir of St John’s College, Cambridge and later studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he was awarded the Frederic Cox Song Prize. He performed in the UK premiere of Luigi Gatti’s Requiem.
The first half of the concert features the anthem “Lord, thou hast been our refuge” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The solo quartet will be Joanna Hopton, Jenny Carter, Adrian Neal and Iain Whittaker. There will also be organ music by Bach and Duruflé.
There will be a retiring collection in aid of church funds.
Where and When
Saint Michael and All Angels, Lambourn, at 7.30pm on 14th April 2017.