Addison Singers Oratorio Choir & Chamber Choirs Concert

Programme features Rossini's Petite Messe Solemnelle

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The Addison Singers Oratorio Choir & Chamber Choirs will be performing at St. Peter’s Church on Southfield Road on Saturday 26 March at 7.30pm.

The concert programme also includes Rossini’s Petite Messe Solemnelle which the singers say is neither small or solemn.

Written in retirement in 1864, and intended for private performance, hence the unusual accompaniment for piano and harmonium, the piece is ‘a joyful affirmation of the composer’s faith’, but also looks back to some of his most successful work for the stage, with its combination of decidedly operatic arias, duets, ensembles and energetic choruses, a feast of good tunes, ‘filled with the wit, excitement and drama’ that many might not associate with sacred music.

The Oratorio Choir open the concert with 'Easter Hymn', a chorus from Mascagni's 'Cavalleria Rusticana'. In contrast, the Chamber Choir will perform a work by the English composer Gavin Bryars, that combines archaic language (Latin) with a modern subject matter (photography). Originally written for the same instrumental combination as the Rossini, the choir will be joined by the composer himself on harmonium, and regular accompanist Matthew Hough at the piano,

Tickets can be purchased in advance at £15 for adults and £3 for under 16's (plus booking fee) or for £18 or £3 on the door.

The church is large and airy. The doors will be opened to circulate air so do dress warmly if it’s a cold day. Masks are optional. You will be seated separately near the back if you feel particularly vulnerable. It would be appreciated if attendees took Lateral Flow Tests before the event.

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March 9, 2022

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