Exeter Cathedral Choir
Saturday July 8th 2017 at 7.30pm
St. Peter’s Church
Director - Timothy Noon.
(Organist and other soloists to be announced)
This evening contains two significant ‘firsts’. The Festival is delighted to welcome the Exeter Cathedral Choir for the first time. The choir will be made up of all the elements available to Director Timothy Noon, with the thirty-six boy and girl choristers, plus the adult lay vicars and choral scholars, coming together to create a substantial choral sound. Add to this a top harpist, percussionist and organist for the Bernstein and we have a pool of excellent local professional musicians.
Leonard Bernstein was an eclectic composer, famous for many pieces, most notable being West Side Story, Candide and On The Town. However he wrote in many forms – including three symphonies, and mass, and a ballet - with music fusing elements of jazz, Jewish music, and theatre music, with either strong social or religious themes.
The Chichester Psalms was written in 1965, commissioned by Walter Hussey for the Cathedral whose name it bears. It consists of five extracts from psalms 108, 100, 23, 131 and 133 and is sung in Hebrew; it is affirmative, energetic and rousing, yet also moving and at times serene. It is widely regarded as one of the 20th Century’s great choral pieces.
The programme will also include favourite pieces for choir and organ from five centuries of choral music, including Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Parry’s Hear my words, Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, and many more.