Informal Concert: Vasari Singers

02 April 2016
16:45 - 17:45
A picture of the Vasari Singers in concert
The journey from darkness to light, from despair to hope, from Lent to Easter, will all be reflected in the programme of music performed by the visiting Vasari Singers.

The Bach motet, ‘Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf’, written in 1729, tells of the Spirit coming to our aid in time of weakness, bringing comfort and driving sorrow away, whilst Mendelssohn’s setting of Psalm 43, ‘Richte mich, Gott’ pleads with us to “Hope in God”.

Mendelssohn had been responsible for the revival of interest in Bach’s music and had conducted the first performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion in England in 1829. With his own output Mendelssohn contributed significantly to the British oratorio repertoire, a tradition which also inspired some of the greatest works of Elgar, whose motet, setting Psalm 29, ‘Give unto the Lord’, is very much in that grand choral tradition.

Elgar’s contemporary, Vaughan Williams’s wrote his ‘Five Mystical Songs’ to verses by George Herbert, between 1906 and 1911. The first two movements are settings of the poem ‘Easter’ followed by ‘Love bade me welcome’, ‘The Call’ and ‘Let all the world in every corner sing’.

Finally, a contemporary vision of love triumphing over evil in Francis Pott’s setting of the familiar hymn text ‘My song is love unknown’, in which the cries of “Crucify!” are powerfully and movingly overcome by the forces of love.

This is an informal concert, which is free to attend. We hope that you can join us.