The Poet Sings – beautiful music expressing the words of great poets



‘And everyone burst into singing, And I was filled with such delight…’ Siegfried Sassoon
Saturday Nov 4, 7:30 pm, The Spire

The Cantabile Choirs, under the direction of Dr Mark Sirett, launch its 22nd season of choral events with a memorable concert, The Poet Sings.  The concert features wonderful music inspired by words of great poets such as William Blake, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Lord Byron, Robert Louis Stevenson, Goethe, Emily Dickinson and many more.

Speaking about the concert, Artistic Director Mark Sirett comments about the upcoming concert:
‘Composers through the ages agree that inspiration for song-writing begins with the quality and beauty of the text being expressed by the music.  I’m excited by this concert, as it will display a tremendous range of musical expression: exquisite expressions of love and romance, to bold and dramatic narratives, and others that express sheer joy. The glorious grande finale combining 250 voices and the instrumental ensemble together is most appropriately titled There is Sweet Music Here, on the poem by Lord Tennyson.’

Joining the choirs will be the string trio, Triola, with members Gisèle Szczesniak, violin, Melinda Raymond, violin and Eileen Beaudette, viola.  Another first desk members of the Kingston Symphony, cellist, Wolf Tormann, will join the ensemble supported by Clare Gordon, piano and Paul Clifford, double bass.

Award-winning American composer, David Brunner has set William Blake’s classic poem, Piping Down the Valleys Wild for Children’s Voices.  The setting is entitled A Song for Every Child.  The Children’s Choir will enchant their audience with their rendition of the famous Schubert song, An den Mond, on words by Goethe.

Jussi Chydenius is a founding member of the famous a cappella ensemble, Rajaton.  The Young Women’s Choir will sing his sassy and funky rendition of The Look, by Sara Teasdale.  Cantabile’s energetic Young Men’s Chorus will boldly proclaim the words by Tennyson, Rest Not. One of the most exciting works on the programme will be Tiger, a setting William Blake’s poem that captures the primal ferocity of his words.

Wonderful works by Morten Lauridsen, Norwegian composer Kim André Arneson, Basque composer Josu Elberdin and German Romantic master, Robert Schumann, will be performed by the Men and Women choristers.

The Poet Sings – an evening filled with beautiful and provocative words by some of our greatest poets, and set to music by some of our greatest composers of choral music. Buy Tickets Here