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Britten - St Nicolas

Location: England, United Kingdom
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed

Saturday November 26th 2011 7.30 pm

KING'S HALL, NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY

 

BRITTEN
Cantata misericordium
St Nicolas

JOUBERT
South of the Line

The Newcastle Bach Choir's first concert this season is devoted to works by British composers; two contrasting works by Britten, his setting of the parable of the Good Samaritan, Cantata misericordium, and his exuberant account of the legends surrounding 'Santa Claus' - Saint Nicolas - in which the Bach Choir is joined by the boy choristers of Dame Allan’s School.

The title rôle is taken by Nathan Vale a rising star in the performance of Britten's tenor settings, both opera and recital. In Cantata Misericordium he is partnered by baritone Christopher Foster a welcome regular performer with the choir, and graduate of the University’s Music Department.

South of the Line by John Joubert is based on poems by Thomas Hardy. It's a powerful expression of anti-war sentiment, dramatically set using only pianos and percussion.

The important keyboard parts will be played by the redoubtable duo, DAVID MURRAY and EILEEN BOWN, well-known to King's Hall audiences. Their evocation of the battlefields of the Boer War shouldn't be missed!

 

Leader Edward Cross

 

Conductor ERIC CROSS

 
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