The Danesborough Chorus, conducted by Ian Smith, takes you on an adventure in musical contrasts, with Italian and German Baroque masterpieces, by Vivaldi and Telemann, and an ‘up and coming’ modern classic by Cecilia McDowall.
Vivaldi’s music was forgotten after his death in 1741. His Gloria, a joyful, warmly Italian hymn of praise, was rescued from obscurity in 1939 to become a much loved work in the choral repertoire. His Magnificat is more ‘off-the-beaten-track’ and its dramatic, highly infectious music will delight all fans of Baroque.
Telemann’s Suite in D is taken from his collection of Tafelmusik, the German title for music to entertain guests at meals. Its dazzling duets for oboe and trumpets, its lightness of spirit, and tuneful melodies that suit perfectly each instrument have ensured its lasting contribution to Telemann’s fame.
Cecilia McDowall, winner of the 2014 British Composer for Choral Music award, wrote the hauntingly beautiful Ave Maris Stella as an anthem to peace. It was first performed in Portsmouth Cathedral on Armistice Day 2001. You can look forward to tranquil purity, with occasional dissonant harmonies, from a composer who has a ‘communicative gift that is very rare in modern music’ (International Record Review).
The choir is joined by the Alina Orchestra and soloists Susan Gilmore Bailey (soprano) and Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano).
Tickets: £20 and £15 (reserved), £10 (unreserved), under 18s £5. Available from Danesborough Tickets, 58 Church Road, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes MK17 8TA or by phone on 01908 583460 (to 29th Feb); and from Danesborough Tickets, 3 Rock Lane, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2QQ or by phone on 01525 373512 (from 1st Mar). Send a stamped SAE and a cheque payable to ‘Danesborough Chorus’. You can also visit www.danesborough.org.uk for a booking form.
Hooray – it’s time for a giveaway! You could win 2 FREE tickets!
Answer these questions and email your answers to danesborough firstname.lastname@example.org by 12th March,including your name and phone number.
- The Baroque music in this concert has links to two European countries – which two countries?
- Ave Maris Stella was first performed in a cathedral in 2001 – what cathedral?
If yours is the first entry drawn from a hat on 13th March with all answers correct, we’ll email or phone you. You can then collect your free tickets at the door on the night .
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