Wednesday, 21 November 2018

From Tallis to Tormis

THE summer concert by Reading Bach Choir promises to be a “fascinating” journey of choral music from its early beginnings

THE summer concert by Reading Bach Choir promises to be a “fascinating” journey of choral music from its early beginnings to the present day.

The choir returns to St Thomas’ Church in Goring on Saturday, July 6 with music from Tudor England — in the form of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd — as well as contemporary Estonian composers Sisask and Tormis.

Sisask is a Roman Catholic Estonian born in 1960 and one of his major sources of inspiration is astrology. Tormis, meanwhile, describes his most important work as being choral music and ancient Estonian folk songs.The St John’s Day Songs are for midsummer’s eve — the most important feast in Estonia which marks the beginning of haymaking.

Musical director will be Matthew Hamilton, and interval refreshments will be Prosecco and strawberries.

From Tallis To Tormis is at St Thomas’ Church in Goring on Saturday, July 6 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12, concessions £10, NUS £8, under 16s £5. Email tickets@ readingbachchoir.org.uk or call 0118 947 8097 or go to www.wegottickets.com/event/222929

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