Saturday 1 June 2019
St Mary’s Church, Nantwich 7.30pm
The Nantwich Singers will be taking part in a celebration concert organised by The Revd Dr Bernard R Moss, Associate Minister at St Mary’s Church.
Summer Lunchtime Concert
Thursday 13 June 2019
St Mary’s Church, Nantwich
The Nantwich Singers, Musical Director Alison Phillips, are giving a recital in June as part of St. Mary’s Summer Lunchtime Concert series.
The programme includes Byrd’s “Laudibus in Sanctis”, an extended motet in 3 sections using text from Psalm 150 and set for unaccompanied voices in 5 parts. It has been described as “a religious piece with all the trappings of the classic madrigal”!
Britten’s “Five Flower Songs” are beautiful arrangements of poems, set for unaccompanied voices, and written in 1950 as a gift to honour the 25th anniversary of Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst of Dartington Hall, who were keen gardeners! The first performance, conducted by Imogen Holst, took place appropriately outside at Dartington. This quintet of delightful miniatures is written exquisitely for voices, crafting light and shade into the settings of English poetry comprising “To Daffodils”, “The Succession of the Four Sweet Months”, “Marsh Flowers”, “The Evening Primrose” and “The Ballad of Green Broom”.
Jonathan Dove’s “Seek him that Maketh the Seven Stars” is an atmospheric and evocative setting of a biblical text. It was commissioned in 1995 by the Friends of the Royal Academy of Arts for their annual Service for Artists. Dove thought the images in this work would have special meaning for artists and describes the piece as “beginning with a musical image of the night sky, a repeated organ motif of twinkling stars that sets the choir wondering who made them. The refrain “Seek him” starts in devotional longing but is eventually released into a joyful dance, finally coming to rest in serenity. The demanding organ accompaniment will be played by one of our basses, Jonathan Layfield.
John Gough, our friend and concert pianist, will be joining us on this occasion to play some piano solos and we are delighted to welcome him once again to the Summer Lunchtime Concert.