Thursday, 15 November 2018

Singers encouraged to perform classics

SINGERS are invited to join Reading Bach Choir in a celebration of modern choral classics.

SINGERS are invited to join Reading Bach Choir in a celebration of modern choral classics.

The choir will sing five pieces, John Tavener’s The Lamb and Song for Athene, O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen, To Morning by Gabriel Jackson and Urmas Sisask’s Benedictio.

John Tavener died just over a year ago. These are two of his most loved and familiar works.

Morten Lauridsen is an American composer who in 2007 received the National Medal of Arts from the President in a White House ceremony, “for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide”.

Gabriel Jackson’s music is familiar to the choir. Last July they gave the first performance of his Ave Gloriosa Mater which was written especially for the group.



Urmas Sisask is an Estonian composer. Benedictio was written in 1991 and Reading Bach Choir enjoyed singing it a couple of years ago.

The singers will be led by the choir’s conductor Matthew Hamilton. Matthew has directed the best choirs in the UK in contemporary repertoire — the BBC Singers, LSO and BBC Symphony Choruses.

The choir will meet at Caversham Heights Methodist Church on saturday, January 17, at 10.30am. The day will conclude with an informal concert at 4.30pm.

Cost is £20, to include tea and coffee. Please make your own arrangements for lunch.

All music will be provided. If you would like a set of music beforehand, there is an additional charge of £2.

For details visit www. readingbachchoir.org.uk

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