"Conflict and Collaboration" at Thorpe Market church
The Cantamus choir will be performing two concerts in Thorpe Market parish church, with the second one celebrating one hundred years since women gained the right to vote. Tony Rothe reports.
The May 19 concert is called ‘Conflict and Collaboration’ and will feature significant female composers and those collaborating with male composers. It will celebrate beautiful, but regrettably ignored, music from the 17th century to just before WWI.
The choir will perform ‘Songs of Sunrise’ by the feisty Dame Ethel Smyth, her stirring March of the Women, united with its fellows ‘Laggard Dawn’ and ‘1910’; the ‘Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary’ by an Italian contemporary of Sir Christopher Wren - Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704); and delightful Edwardian miniatures by Amy Beach and Emily Tallmadge.
The concert also features two collaborative works written by Fauré (of ‘Requiem’ fame) and Messager (once famous in the UK for his operettas ‘Monsieur Beaucaire’ and ‘Véronique’) - a Mass for the fishing village of Villerville in Normandy, and a wicked send-up of Wagner’s Ring Cycle as a set of brisk piano-duet Quadrilles.
The concert, which will be directed by Philip Adams & accompanied by Michael Finnissy, starts at 7pm on Friday May 19. Tickets are £10 by post or on the door. See below for booking details.
Before that, on Good Friday, April 14, the Cantamus choir will perform Stainer’s “The Crucifixion”. This is the occasion in the choir calendar when other choral singers are invited to join Cantamus in an afternoon workshop rehearsal from 3 - 5pm concluding with an evening performance at 6.30pm, also in the parish church.
The conductor will be Revd. Canon David Roper. The organist is Geoffrey Hunter. Soloists include Simon Gray and Clive McCombie. Any choral singers who wish to join in will be warmly welcomed.
The venue for both concerts is St Margaret’s Church, Thorpe Market, Church Road, NR11 8UA.
For bookings, contact the secretary:
or phone 07944 731081 or 01263 833847
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