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Rochester Choral Society

Saturday March 28, 2020 at 19:00
Rochester Cathedral, Rochester
£15 (nave, unreserved), £7 (side aisles, restricted view), £5 (students in full-time education)
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  1. Requiem - Bob Chilcott
  2. The Gift of Life, 'Six Canticles of Creation' - John Rutter

Making a fresh start to a new year and a new decade, Rochester Choral Society will make the ancient stones of Rochester Cathedral resound with two recent choral works by living, British composers. Bob Chilcott’s Requiem (written in 2010) combines evocative layers of plaintive harmonies with spiky, modern rhythms, building to a dramatic climax in the urgent, pleading 'Libera me' ('Save me from eternal death'), but concluding serenely with a soprano solo which seems to soar to Heaven.

In contrast to this poignant but ultimately consolatory meditation on Death, John Rutter’s The Gift of Life (completed in 2015) is a musical celebration of Creation and Life itself. These six 'Canticles', mostly based on biblical texts, are enlivened by Rutter’s un-erring ear for a sing-able tune and include his harmonically luminous 'Hymn to the Creator of Light' (written in 1993). The rousing, rhythmic variety of the six movements evokes the diversity and profusion of Nature.

The choir will be conducted by their Musical Director, John Mountford, and accompanied by a chamber ensemble.

Rochester Cathedral
The Precinct
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