Sunday, 24 March 2019

Choir’s springing for Poulenc, Puccini and Wagner

Choir’s springing for Poulenc, Puccini and Wagner

PANGBOURNE Choral Society’s spring concert tomorrow night (Saturday) will focus on the “Gloria” masses of Francis Poulenc (1959) and Giacomo Puccini (1880), interspersed with Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll (1870).

A spokesman for the choral society said: “The three pieces are rich with music of the Romantic genre ideal for large choir and orchestra.

“The centerpiece consists of the two celebratory Gloria masses. Puccini’s is an early work pointing directly to later operatic compositions with wonderfully rich vocal scoring of the Latin Mass. Although composed in 1880, it only gained full international recognition in 1959.

“Poulenc’s Gloria is equally rich pointing towards the post-Romantic musical era.

“Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was originally intended as a private piece — a birthday present for his wife Cosima, on the birth of their son. The orchestration was expanded to 35 players when eventually it ‘went public’.

“The 100-strong PCS will be joined by (on this occasion) the 46-strong Southern Sinfonia Orchestra, both conducted by Pangbourne College Music Director, Ellie Calver, making this the ideal concert to usher in the spring and a more positive mood in these uncertain times.

“Our talented young soloists are Danae Eleni (soprano) in the Poulenc, Adam Tunnicliffe (tenor) and Robert Garland (baritone).”

PCS chairman Mick Lewers added: “The choir is loving each and every rehearsal of this wonderful music and a great concert is in prospect.”

As ever, the venue for the concert, which starts at 7.30pm, will be the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne College.

Tickets are £15 including a programme, or £8 for ages 18 and under, and are available online from, from choral society members, from Garlands Organic at 6 Reading Road, Pangbourne, or on the door.

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