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A Handful of Singers' summer concert

Saturday June 16, 2018 at 19:30
Prior Park College Chapel, Bath
£15, £5 under 25s
Phone for tickets: 01225 463362
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  1. Mass in G - Francis Poulenc
  2. Cantique de Jean Racine Op 11 - Gabriel Fauré
  3. Calme des nuits Op 68 No 1 - Camille Saint-Saëns
  4. Madrigal Op 35 - Gabriel Fauré
  5. As one who has slept - Sir John Tavener
  6. Flame - Ben Parry
  7. Ave Maris Stella - Philip W J Stopford
  8. Christ's Love Song - Richard Allain
  9. The Lord is my light and my salvation, from Psalmfest - John Rutter
  10. Long Road - Eriks Ešenvalds

A Handful of Singers' summer concert is a very special one - a grand farewell to our Musical Director for the last 13 years, the award-winning Christopher Finch. The programme Christopher has chosen is calculated to celebrate what he has achieved with the choir, some of whose best work has been in perorming challenging music by 20th and 21st century composers.

The Mass in G by Poulenc is one such work. Written in 1937, and dedicated to the memory of his father, it contains some of Poulenc's most beautiful choral writing. The remainder of the French first half takes us back into the 19th century for Fauré's ever-popular Cantique de Jean Racine (1865), which won him first prize at the age of 20 in a competition in which one of the judges was Saint-Saëns, together with Saint-Saëns's own, serene Calme des nuits and Fauré's lyrical Madrigal, both written in 1883.

For the second half, we shift forward to the late 20th and early 21st century and to music written mostly for double choir. The sequence takes us from the awe and mystery of the Resurrection in John Tavener's As one who has slept to Ben Parry's Flame, which he prefaces with the inspirational text 'Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared'. To transport us between the two are Philip Stopford's luscious prayer to the Virgin, Ave Maris Stella, two celebratory anthems, Christ's Love Song by Richard Allain and The Lord is my light and my salvation by John Rutter, and a love song reaching up to heaven, Eriks Ešenwald's Long Road.

This is a glorious programme - do join us to celebrate Christopher's time with the choir.

One of Bath's most respected choral ensembles, A Handful of Singers has an enviable reputation as a high quality, versatile choir of 20-25 auditioned singers. Founded in 2002 by a small group of experienced singers, the choir has grown in size and stature under the direction of Christopher Finch (since 2005).

"This fine choir is arguably the best secular choir in Bath...very impressive" Peter King (organ)

For more details see the choir's website

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