Sat 30th Nov 2019, 7.30 pm
St Andrew's Church
The chirpy "Sparrow" Mass by the youthful Mozart, is so called from the chirruping figure from the violins in the Sanctus movement. This spirited music contrasts with some serene choruses from Handel's oratorio Solomon, from which the well known "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" comes. The "Nightingale" chorus is so named for the bird calls that feature in the violin part, and within the week that celebrates St Cecilia, the patron saint of music, (not to mention the turbulence of our current political climate), "Music, spread thy voice around" is an acclamation of the power of music to promote calm and a sense of wellbeing.
Amongst other items in the programme is the brief but beautiful madrigal the Silver Swan, with music by the Tudor composer Orlando Gibbons. Then borrowing from an equally appealing folk tradition is an arrangement of the Turtle Dove, an 18th century folk ballad, by Vaughan Williams. Bringing the same approach up to date is an arrangement by the popular choral composer, originally a member of the King's Singers, Bob Chilcott. This piece, entitled Like a Singing Bird, is an enchanting song combining a melodic setting of Christina Rossetti's 'A Birthday' with Robert Burns's 'A Red, Red Rose', sung to the tune of a traditional Scottish ballad. Both themes are imbued with a sense of happiness and contentment with the world.
The Mid Wessex Singers are joined for the concert by an ensemble of local professional string players, and also local soloists.
Ticket £10 and £5 for under 18's.
Tickets from Cobbs (Brunel Precinct), Somerton, The Bridge Bakery and Canteen, Langport TA10 9RB (next to Bow Bridge), or through choir members.