Music from America
Saturday 23 April 2016, 7.30 p.m
Church of St. Alphege, Oldfield Lane, Bath, BA2 3NR
In this all-American programme, A Handful of Singers juxtaposes a rare choral work of Copland’s and works by two of America’s most prolific choral composers.
Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning is an atmospheric 1947 retelling of the Genesis version of creation by a solo mezzo-soprano narrator (soloist Amy Lyddon) with the choir interpolating the progress of each day with vivid imagery.
Eric Whitacre’s Sainte-Chapelle, inspired by the astonishing stained-glass windows in this 13th century chapel in Paris, develops from quasi plainchant into tone clusters that resemble shafts of sunlight through the windows.
René Clausen’s Mass for Double Choir, here given its first UK performance, is an imaginative work of rich colours and emotional depth, skilfully contrasting the sorrow of the Crucifixion of Christ with the exuberance of the Resurrection and the angelic praise of the Sanctus.
Tickets: £12, £5 under 25s, concession for carers £5 – through the choir; phone 07885 509813; Bath Box Office 01225 463362 www.bathboxoffice.org.uk; and on the door.
Our 2016 programme is now well advanced and can be found here.
A Handful of Singers, Bath’s highly acclaimed chamber choir of just over 20 voices, has been performing in and around Bath since its inception in 2002.
Mezzo-soprano Amy Lyddon began her singing career in Bath Abbey Choir and as a Music Scholar at Bath High School, later becoming a Choral Scholar at Trinity College Cambridge. She is a Royal College of Music Award Winner and her voice has been lauded as ‘warmly expressive’ (Guardian) and ‘exquisite’ (BBC Radio 3).
The choir is directed by its conductor Christopher Finch, winner of the 2010 BBC Choir of the Year. Under his direction, A Handful of Singers has developed a wide repertoire of music, classical and contemporary, serious and not too serious, and has gained an enviable reputation for the quality and vibrancy of its performances. The choir has, at the moment, spaces for soprano and alto singers (see the joining page for details).
And the choir has released its debut album: do listen to the following sample of excerpts from the CD. The CD may be purchased through members of the choir, by phone – 01225 311850, or by email to email@example.com .
- All my trials
- Pilgrims Hymn
- Ave Maria
- Earth Song
- O Magnum Mysterium
- Why do the roses