Britten - St Nicolas
Date: November 19, 2011
Location: England, United Kingdom
Choir type: Community Choirs
Saturday November 26th 2011 7.30 pm
KING'S HALL, NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
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