Monday, 20 September 2021

Society is welcoming new musical director

Society is welcoming new musical director

PANGBOURNE Choral Society’s first concert of 2017 tomorrow night (Saturday) marks the debut of the group’s new music director, Ellie Calver, who will also be conducting the Southern Sinfonia Orchestra.

Titled “Sacred Music”, the programme includes works by Thomas Luis de Victoria (O Quam Gloriosum), Thomas Tallis (Hear the Voice and Prayer), Henry Purcell (O God, Thou Art my God and Hear My Prayer), Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D, and three deeply moving pieces by Anton Bruckner (Locus Iste, Virga Jesse, and Os Justi).

Four gifted young soloists — Vanessa Bowers, Dan Collins, Ronan Busfield, and Jonathan Stirland — will also be performing for the first time with the society.

Ellie Calver said: “I am delighted to be conducting the Pangbourne Choral Society, whose positive and energetic approach to singing makes them a real pleasure to work with.

“Together we are embracing the challenges of a highly varied programme, spanning several hundred years of choral styles and traditions. This includes a good deal of unaccompanied repertoire, which is uniquely difficult. I am hugely impressed with the choir’s commitment and look forward to welcoming a large audience to enjoy the fruits of our labour.”

Choral society chairman Mick Lewers said: “We are delighted to have Ellie as our new musical director. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious and our weekly rehearsals fly by with an excellent mix of laughter, learning and increasingly beautiful singing.”

The concert in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne College starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 (under-16s £8), available from www.

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