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2016-17 concert season announced

2nd of August, 2016

Worcester Festival Choral Society is thrilled to announce its new season of great choral music: three, exceptional evening concerts, held in the atmospheric surroundings of Worcester Cathedral this November, December and March. Each concert is supported by the Meridian Sinfonia and internationally-acclaimed soloists, and conducted by Peter Nardone.

Book your tickets today to enjoy three, truly superb classical concert experiences!

AUTUMN CONCERT - Haydn: Nelson Mass / Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna  

Saturday 19 November 2016
Worcester Cathedral, 7:30pm
Tickets: £10 - £25

In this major concert at Worcester Cathedral, Worcester Festival Choral Society performs two, passionate choral masterworks. Haydn’s Mass in D Minor of 1798 – popularly known as the Nelson Mass after the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 - is one of his most well-known and beloved works. Featuring glorious choral passages, powerful orchestration, and 'fireworks' from the soprano soloist, this is an unmissable chance to enjoy a true musical masterpiece. A contemporary piece of traditional beauty, Lauridsen’s 1997 Lux Aeterna - Eternal Light - is described by the American composer as “an intimate work of quiet serenity, symbolising hope, reassurance, goodness and illumination.” With Latin texts that all relate to light, Lux Aeterna’s five, melodic movements create an exquisite choral experience.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT – Handel: Messiah

Saturday 10 December 2016
Worcester Cathedral, 7:30pm
Tickets: £10 - £25

A memorable evening of glorious choral music in the majestic setting of Worcester Cathedral, this is the region's ultimate Christmas concert. For 275 years, George Frideric Handel’s compelling and richly varied Messiah has held a unique place in the affections of music lovers across the English speaking world. Its greatest choruses – such as the instantly recognisable Hallelujah chorus and many others – are among the most popular pieces of music ever written. So rousing is the work that, during the London premiere of Messiah in 1743, King George II rose to his feet at the start of the Hallelujah chorus; a tradition that is followed around the world today.

SPRING CONCERT – Brahms: A German Requiem / Dvořák: Slavonic Dances

Saturday 25 March 2017
Worcester Cathedral, 7:30pm
T
ickets: £10 - £25

One of the Romantic period’s leading composers, Johannes Brahms wrote one of his most outstanding choral compositions, A German Requiem, as a comfort for those who mourn and who feel the pain of the death of others. He began writing it in 1865, the same year he experienced the painful loss of his mother, and viewed it as a humanist rather than an overtly Christian piece.  This passionate, large-scale work creates a tapestry of musical solace, peace and hope – perhaps the most comforting, humane requiem ever written. The Slavonic Dances by Czech composer Antonin Dvořák are two sets of exciting, folk-filled orchestral pieces composed in 1878 and 1886. Full of national character, the pieces established Dvořák’s reputation and today are among his most memorable works.

See you there!



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