Congratulations are in order for the Milton Keynes Chorale, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary season, and a new musical director.
Oliver Neal Parker has taken on the role of MD, and will be in place for Saturday’s spring concert at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone.
The chorale, and soloists Catherine and Neil Griffiths will be singing Rachmaninov’s Vespers in Russian.
“Rachmaninov’s setting of the Orthodox Church’s ancient text incorporates many liturgical elements, and distils the essence of Russian Orthodox choral music,” says Oliver. “He wove ancient chants into beautiful, ethereal settings of sacred text and created what has come to be regarded as one of the finest achievements in Russian Church Music,” he added.
Rachmaninov actually penned the piece in 1915, and the first performance was in aidof the war-relief effort.
Because of the 40th season celebrations, the audience and choir are asked to stay post-show and enjoy complimentary refreshments, some with a Russian influence.
Tickets are £14, falling to a mere £2 for students and children.
Call MK 617697 to book, or purchase on the door.