SATURDAY 13 JULY 2019
St John’s Church, Church Road, Redhill, Surrey
In support of SCH
Parry I was Glad
Hummel Mass in Bb
Various Spirituals for Choirs
Chilcott Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda
Parry’s electrifying anthem I Was Glad opens this diverse programme with throbbing energy and a cloudburst of the words ‘I was glad’ guaranteed to send a tingle down the spine. Hummel’s Mass in Bb is regarded as equal to those of Haydn and Beethoven. Hummel's Mass is one of the most critically acclaimed to have been written at the turn of the 18th to 19th century containing immense beauty, passion and intensity. In contrast, we conclude the programme with a cycle of familiar spirituals expertly arranged that showcase the rich heritage of the spiritual, bringing new life to well-loved titles. In addition, we present a jazzy twist on three Shakespearean characters Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda. With newly written texts by Charles Bennett, each of the movements focuses in on Ophelia from Hamlet and Caliban and Miranda from The Tempest.