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Britten - St Nicolas

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

Saturday November 26th 2011 7.30 pm



Cantata misericordium
St Nicolas

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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