Arbroath Choral Society, with sixty five members, is holding its Annual Spring Concert in the very comfortable setting and excellent acoustic of St Andrew’s Church, Arbroath on Sunday 23nd April at 7.30pm. The choir have worked with their customary enthusiasm and commitment for choral music and look forward to the performance.
For the last few weeks Jane Miller, conductor of the choir, ably supported by their accompanist, Alison Hart, has been putting the finishing touches to this year’s programme: ‘Requiem’ by Fauré, ‘ I was Glad’ and’ Blest Pair of Sirens’ by Parry and ‘Te Deum’ by Verdi. The choir will be accompanied by an orchestra drawn from the region.
The requiem was composed in 1888 and is one of the most widely loved of this genre in comparison to the larger-scale versions of Verdi and Brahms. The work is gentle and it is this very quality which contributes to its appeal. The solo parts will be sung by two of the choir members – Elaine Taylor, Soprano, and Duncan Hunter, Baritone.
I was Glad, a coronation anthem, and Blest Pair of Sirens by Parry, both featured in the music for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. They provide the choir with opportunities to demonstrate their ability to produce energetic and dramatic ranges of sound.
The Verdi Te Deum has provided a well-met challenge for the singers in singing in eight parts – double choir, and within its 15 minute length it has sections of both quiet lyricism and powerful dramatic surges of sound.
Tickets can be purchased from choir members, at the door on the night, or from 01241 874228