The Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, under the direction of Dr. Mark Sirett, launches its 21st season with Hope & Glory, a regal tribute to the magnificent choral traditions of the United Kingdom.
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Some of the greatest composers from the ‘land of hope and glory’ will be heard: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten and John Tavener. In addition to these familiar names the choirs will present some of the newest music from her majesty’s realm. Audiences will also be treated to several contemporary ‘classics’ which will surprise and delight.
The children will perform the enchanting Birds by Benjamin Britten plus the rollicking toe-tapper Two for the Price of One based on two traditional English folksongs by Andrew Carter. Don’t be surprised by the arrival a stage full of feline friends in a selection from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats!
The Young Men’s Chorus will present a traditional English Glee, the hilarious Yorkshire farmers’ song Chicken’s in the Garden and one of the classics by the Beatles Here Comes the Sun. The Young Women will perform Want to Meet You, a very sassy cabaret song by Cecilia McDowell and the exquisite Catch a Falling Star by one of Cantabile’s honorary patrons, Bob Chilcott. Together, the teen choirs will present one of the current classic of the pop scene, Rolling in the Deep by British powerhouse Adele.
The Men’s Chorus is pleased to present the world premiere of A Kind Heart by the young award-winning composer, Matthew Emery. The work was commissioned by Cantabile in memory of Dr. Kevin Parker, a devoted and much loved founding member of the ensemble.
The Men and Women will present several choral gems of the twentieth century, lush, provocative and moving: the ethereal Hymn to the Mother of God by John Tavener, The Turtle Dove arranged by Vaughan Williams’ and Holst’s Dirge for Two Veterans plus his double chorus masterpiece, Ave Maria.
Among the most memorable moments of Cantabile concerts are the combined choir pieces, when all the singers come together to fill the hall with the remarkable sound of over 200 voices. For this concert, the combined choirs will raise the roof in O Clap Your Hands by Vaughan Williams and Peace, Triumphant Peace from The Peace Makers by Welsh composer, Sir Karl Jenkins.
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