Chase away winter blues with Spring Concert

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To chase away the winter blues, there will be a warm glow of rich choral harmony at the Danesborough Chorus Spring Concert on Saturday, March 24 at 7.30pm at Woburn Parish Church.

The concert, conducted by Ian Smith, will include Giovanni Gabrieli’s Jubilate Deo, Domenico Scarlatti’s Madrid Mass and a selection of Anton Bruckner’s Motets. The concert will also feature the choir’s new accompanist John Witchell on the powerful organ at Woburn Church.

“While they lived and composed in different centuries, all three composers were experts in weaving sumptuous choral tapestries” says conductor Ian Smith. “And although the musical styles are contrasting, this concert will celebrate the emotional power of voices raised in harmonic exuberance.”

Venetian Giovanni Gabrieli (1555-1612) was a renowned teacher and influential composer. His Jubilate Deo, based on words from the Psalms, creates a warm texture of overlapping vocal lines, a great tradition of music in Venice.

Italian Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) had a prodigious musical talent, and worked in Rome, London, Lisbon and Madrid. The Madrid Mass is one of his mature choral works, and is unjustly neglected.

Although Austrian Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) is best known for his symphonies and masses, his choral writing is among the most glorious and powerful in Romantic music. His Motets have been called symphonies in miniature, spanning a huge dynamic and emotional range. Based on religious texts, seven of the ‘great’ unaccompanied motets will be performed, including the well known ‘Locus iste’.

Tickets for the concert are £18 and £14 (reserved) and £10 (unreserved), and the price includes a free concert programme. Booking is via Danesborough Box Office, tel: 01908 583460, or visit website http://www.danesborough.org.uk.