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Saturday 28th April 2018 at 7.30pm
at the Methodist Church, Guisborough


Conductor: Rebecca Johnson

Accompanist: Helen Kirk ~ Solo Vocalist: Ben Noble

Violins: Clare Gale and Dan Hands

Programme of Choir Pieces
William Byrd - Sing Joyfully.

William Byrd William Byrd
Pietro Mascagni
Eric Whiteacre Eric Whiteacre

Mozart - Veni Sancte Spiritus.
Bruckner - Three Graduals (two only):
xxxxx Locus Iste
Christus Factus Est
Mascagni - 'Easter hymn' from Cavalleria Rusticana
Fauré - Cantique de Jean Racine Op 11
Priidite, poklonimsya. (Come, Let Us Worship)
Bogoroditse Devo. (Rejoice, O Virgin)
The Snow
Fly Singing Bird Fly
Vaughan Williams - Turtle Dove
Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story - A Medley
Ola Gjeilo - Northern Lights
Eric Whitacre - Sleep

After the amazing success of the choir's performance of Handel's Messiah, the Society is ringing the changes for this concert. From the 17th century to the 21st, from the Renaissance to the present day, the evening will feature a wonderful variety of shorter choral works from across the centuries.

So a great English composer of the Tudor and Stuart age - William Byrd - will rub shoulders with the most celebrated choral composer of the internet generation - Eric Whitacre. The audience will be taken through the ages with an 18th century work by Mozart, 19th century classics from Mascagni (the Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana), Fauré and Bruckner (including Locus iste), and the 20th century represented by Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Rachmaninoff (selections from the Vespers). Norwegian Ola Gjeilo (with Northern Lights) and American Eric Whitacre are two of the finest 21st century choral composers

Whitacres phenomenal Sleep will be the evening's final highlight. Composed in 2000 as a conventional work for a 16 person choir in Austin, Texas, this stunningly beautiful piece has been at the centre of the amazing 'virtual choir' movement, where the home-recorded videos of thousands of individual singers from as many as 70 countries are brought together in a single video performance uploaded to YouTube. At last check the latest version of Sleep had nearly two and a quarter million views on the video-sharing website!

The fascinating programme will be rounded out with solo numbers from guest singer Ben Noble, and pieces by violin duet Clare Gale and Dan Hands.