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St George’s Singers: Gretchaninov Vespers

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June 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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Gretchaninov Vespers
Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor; The Lark Ascending

Conductor Neil Taylor
Violinist Annabel Drummond

St George’s Singers final concert of the season brings together two sacred works that were composed within nine years of each other, providing glimpses into the musical heritages of the eastern and western reaches of Europe.

The Vespers or All-Night Vigil by Alexander Gretchaninov was premiered in the Kremlin in November 1912 but was then banned by the Soviet authorities and only rediscovered decades later. Not as well known as Rachmaninov’s Vespers, it is no less magical in its use of Russian folk melodies, Orthodox chant and traditional church music.

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor was composed in 1921. It is quintessentially English and its musical link with his pastoral works are unmissable as the piece is full of the rich harmonies associated with the composer in his most ‘English summertime’ moments, but the origins of the piece are also in the revival of the English polyphony of Tallis and Byrd.

The Lark Ascending is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ most well know piece but few people will be familiar with this thrilling and innovative new arrangement by Paul Drayton of for choir and violin. It sensitively sets George Meredith’s poem (on which the original orchestration is based) and combines this with wordless vocal lines and vocal solos, preserving the texture and timeless effect of the original. Perfect for the Monastery on a summer’s evening.

£16, £14 concession, £7 students/children, group discounts. Coach transport is available from Macclesfield/Poynton/Hazel Grove to Gorton Monastery. Tickets from Dave Francis on 01663 764012, email tickets@st-georges-singers.org.uk, or online www.st-georges-singers.org.uk

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Date:
June 28
Time:
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost:
From £7
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www.st-georges-singers.org.uk
June 28 2020 7:30 PM—10:30 PM / From £7

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