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Songs of Farewell | Choral Concert
Sat 12 November 2016, 19:30 – 21:30 GMT
Join the Godwine Choir as they commemorate 100 years since the Battle of the Somme with a concert of reflective music for All Souls' and Remembrance.
Songs of Farewell (Sir Charles Parry)
Completed shortly after the Great War, Sir Charles Parry's choral masterpiece mixes heartfelt desolation with a poignant sense of hope, exploring themes of sin, forgiveness, death and heavenly rebirth. The music is a perfect synthesis of Renaissance polyphony with late Romantic harmony, creating an instantly recognisable and utterly unforgettable effect.
Funeral Ikos (Sir John Tavener)
Composed in 1981, Funeral Ikos has become one of Sir John Tavener's most iconic works. The serene and sensitive music perfectly complements the consolatory Orthodox text for the burial of priests. Elements of Russian chant are clearly audible, but the final sound is undeniably possesses a characteristic austere beauty, unique to the composer.
Five Negro Spirituals from A Child of Our Time (Sir Michael Tippett)
A Child of Our Time could well be described as Sir Michael Tippett's breakthrough work. Inspired by the devestating atrocities of Nazi Germany and the Second World War, the secular oratorio contrasts oppression and reconciliation in mid-20th century society. The Five Negro Spirituals are magnificent settings of American folk songs, featuring musical influences as diverse as Bachian chorales and early jazz.