Ely Consort – The Passing of The Year
Our next concert takes place in the fine acoustics of Ely Methodist Church on Saturday 10th March 2018 at 7.30 pm.
The programme comprises modern choral settings of fine poetry, complemented by flute solos – including Debussy’s haunting Syrinx – played by our guest soloist Cherry Blanchard.
Highlights of the programme include a new setting by Malcolm Archer of Ursula Vaughan Williams’ poem Hymn for St Cecilia, and Three songs of love by Alexander L’Estrange, setting poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron.
American composers and poets are represented with Randall Thompson’s setting of Robert Frost’s The road not taken, and Morten Lauridsen’s luscious Sure on this shining night, with words by James Agee.
The main piece of the evening is Jonathan Dove’s The passing of the year. Setting words by William Blake, Emily Dickinson and Alfred, Lord Tennyson amongst others, this is a song-cycle exploring the theme of the passing seasons.
Written for double choir and piano, the music demands extreme virtuosity from the singers and pianist alike; we are therefore delighted to be accompanied, as always, by the brilliant Charlie Penn. This work is an incredible modern masterpiece which should not be missed!
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