The Jay Singers' sumptuous programme in Norwich this December brings together some of the finest works from two great national choral traditions.
A pre-1900 first half of German motets is followed by 20th Century British writers in the second half.
We travel over 200 years from JS Bach’s high baroque to Benjamin Britten’s highly inventive modernity, with notable gems in between.
There are a number of stirring themes which blend it all together – worship, love and faith. The words are Shakespeare’s, Luther’s and the splendidly eccentric Christopher Smart.
This is the first time The Jays are performing in the exquisite acoustics of Norwich's United Reformed Church, and with composers including Schubert, Brahms and Mendelssohn, as well as Stanford and Vaughan Williams, our ex-Sixteen musical director Neil MacKenzie has chosen for us an equally exquisite programme.
Fresh from our triumphant summer concert in Sheringham in June, we’ll again be accompanied by Norwich’s Roman Catholic Cathedral organist Neil Ricketts, who as in Sheringham will be adding to the delight of the evening with two solos of his own.
Click on the following link for directions to the Church, and read on for the full programme.
Lobet den Herrn | JS Bach
Psalm 23 (The Lord is my Shepherd) | Franz Schubert
Liebe, dir ergeb' ich mich - Love, I give myself unto you & Ich will dich lieben, meine Krone - I wish to love you, My Crown (Op 18 Numbers 1 & 2) | Peter Cornelius
‘St Anne’ Fugue | JS Bach (Neil Ricketts organ solo)
Verleih uns Frieden (Give us Peace) | Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Warum ist das Licht Gegeben (Wherefore is the Light given) | Johannes Brahms
Three Motets | Charles Villiers Stanford
Three Shakespeare Songs | Ralph Vaughan Williams
Carillon on Orientis Partibus | Arthur Wills (Neil Ricketts organ solo)
Rejoice in the Lamb | Benjamin Britten