READING Phoenix Choir will present an entirely unaccompanied programme at Christ Church tomorrow, Saturday.
The performance will include renditions of Giovanni Gabrielli’s motel for double choir Jubilate Deo, J S Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, Gorecki’s Totus Tuus (which was written for Pope John Paul II’s first visit to his homeland of Poland), as well as pieces by Bob Chilcott, Leonard Bernstein and John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
The choir is a multi-award winning mixed-voice choir singing the whole range of choral music from 16th century motets to music of the present day.
One of the most remarkable qualities about the choir is that it performs concerts ‘off-copy’ — every choir member sings their part entirely from memory.
In addition, the choir does not sing in the traditional arrangement of bass, tenor, alto and soprano, but in mixed formation. This enables the singers to fully engage with the other voice parts, creating a great aural blend.