The Manchester Chorale welcomes Kent Chamber Choir and Musical Director Alan Vincent to Manchester to sing in a joint concert at St Ann’s Church in Central Manchester on Saturday 16th June and in a Mass at ‘The Hidden Gem’ Church at midday on Sunday 17th June.
Saturday’s joint concert will see two quite different halves to the evening. The Manchester Chorale will present a set of recent, mainly secular compositions that tend to be very melodic with exciting and varied rhythms. We even have one of our basses Chris O’Hara contributing two of his evocative songs set to poems about the consequences of war. Kent Chamber Choir will sing a diverse set ranging from their own MD Alan Vincent’s Sanctus to Maddalena Casulana’s Morir Non Puo Il Mio Cuore and Adio Lidia. Casulana was the first female composer to have her music published (in 1575) and considered herself as the first woman to be regarded as a professional composer.
It promises to be a night to remember with something to suit everybody. The highlights may well be when the two choirs sing together Rachmaninov’s Bogoroditse Devo and Byrd’s Sing Joyfully, from where we get our concert title.
The concert ends on a high note: the joint choirs will sing a spiritual My Lord, What a Morning, arranged by James Wild, the Chorale MD’s father.
Manchester Chorale sing:
Eric Whitacre With a Lily in Your Hand
Eric Whitacre A Boy and a Girl
Chris O’Hara There Will Come Soft Rains
Chris O’Hara The Dancers
Anton Leanderson-Andreas Coffee Time
Gavelin and Nilson Hold Me Fast
Ola Gjeilo Northern Lights
Moses Hogan Elijah Rock
Both choirs sing:
Sergei Rachmaninov Bogoroditse Devo
William Byrd Sing Joyfully
Kent Chamber Choir sing:
James MacMillan O Radiant Dawn
Gerald Finzi My Spirit Sang All Day
Alan Vincent Sanctus
William Byrd Agnus Dei
Anon. 16th century Rejoice in the Lord Alway
Bruckner Locus Iste
Hubert Parry My Soul, There is a Country
Maddalena Casulana Morir Non Puo Il Mio Cuore
Maddalena Casulana Adio Lidia
Pierre Passereau Il est Bel et Bon
Both choirs sing:
James Wild My Lord, What a Morning