“Gloria!” with Brass Ensemble

Cantorum Choir Concerts

Date - Saturday 10th October 2015
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“Gloria!” with Brass Ensemble

Venue - All Saints Church, Marlow
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Valentines Dinner 2015“Gloria!” was a new departure. This exciting concert, featuring a variety of challenging contemporary choral music, marked the first time Cantorum has performed works composed especially for choir and substantial brass ensemble. We were extremely fortunate to host the thirteen virtuosi of Sounding Brass, including their two excellent percussionists, who were fully employed—along with chamber organist (our Asst. Director, Jozef Janik)—in the evening’s final item, John Rutter’s thrilling Gloria. The piece is in three movements, each based on an element extracted from the traditional Latin mass. Rutter takes an original Gregorian chant for his tonal basis and shakes it into powerful forms that are handed between the voices and brass in waves of sheer intensity. As he says himself, we move between the exalted, the devotional and the jubilant by turns.
The other large scale item on the programme for choir and brass was Bob Chilcott’s little known Jubilate. This is something of a ‘find’, in our opinion. There are six movements, all of extremely varied character, on the theme of rejoicing. Special mention must be made of Julia Millard’s fine extended soprano solo in the second section.
Sounding Brass were also given a chance to shine in a purely instrumental item: Holst’s First Suite for Military Band. This powerful and at times rousing piece combines snatches of English folk music with sonorous brass textures and dazzling fanfares, which were much appreciated by the evening’s substantial audience.

The choir, too, dazzled with three demanding a cappella items: Rutter’s Cantate Domino and A Prayer of Saint Patrick in the first half and Tippett’s Dance, Clarion Air to open the second. This intricate madrigal, composed for the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, looks both backward to the first Elizabethan era and forward to the modernity of the mid-20th century. It’s sparkling evocation of the air moving above the sea around the British Isles made it a real joy to sing. And, we hope, to hear.
 
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Previous Concerts

2017

'Gloriana' Vivaldi & Handel

2017

Valentines Black Tie Dinner

2016

Carols by Candelight

2016

Polyphony: A Concert of Renaissance Masterpieces

2016

If Music be the Food of Love

2016

J S Bach Mass in B Minor

2015

The Ultimate Christmas Concert

2015

“Gloria!” with Brass Ensemble

2015

A Night at the Opera

2015

Valentines Dinner Concert

2014

‘For Unto Us a Child is Born’-Messiah Highlights and other Christmas Favourites

2014

Haydn 'Nelson' Mass, Trumpet Concerto, Mozart Te Deum

2014

Cantorum A Cappella: Old & New

2014

Bach's St John Passion

2013

"Sing this Night" - Christmas with Cantorum

2013

Bach ‘Magnificat’, Piano Concerto #1, ‘Singet dem Herrn’

2013

“Great Britten” - Glorious English Music

2013

Valentine's Supper Concert

2012

Christmas with Cantorum

2012

Mozart Requiem

2012

All Creatures Great and Small - Music inspired by Animals

2012

Handel’s Messiah

2011

Christmas Carol Concerts

2011

Fauré Requiem

2011

Dixit Dominus by G F Handel

2011

Valentine’s Supper Concert

2010

“O Holy Night” – Christmas Carol Concert

2010

"Mass of the Children" by John Rutter

2010

“Notes from America” – Concert of American Music

2010

"The Reluctant Dragon"

2010

"Faire is the Heaven"

2009

"Christmas is coming"

2009

"Mozart in Marlow"

2009

"Jazz for June"

2009

Valentine’s Sumptuous Supper

2008

Christmas Carol Concert

2008

“Vivaldi in Venice”

2008

“Myths and Melodies: Music for a Summer’s Evening”

2008

J.S. Bach’s St John Passion

2007

Christmas Concert

2007

25th Anniversary Concert

2007

Joint Concert with the Fonte Choir from Japan

2007

Valentine’s Sumptuous Supper

2006

Carol Concert

2006

Poulenc's Gloria

2006

Concert of English folk songs

2006

Cantorum in Venice

2006

A Concert of Easter Music

2005

Christmas Music

2005

Fauré's Requiem and Rutter's Requiem

2005

Haydn's Creation

2005

Valentine's Sumptuous and Songs

2004

Christmas Music

2004

Cantorum trip to Paris

2004

Summer Evening Concert

2004

Bach's Magnificat

2003

Christmas Concert

 

 

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