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The Seven Ages of Man
Holy Innocents Church, Highnam - 7.30pm Saturday 7 June 2014
Cirencester Parish Church - 7.30pm Saturday 14 June 2014
Cantores' Summer programme this year contains words and music on the subject of youth and age.
John Rutter's 'Five Childhood Lyrics' set traditional nursery poems including 'The Owl and the Pussy-cat' and 'Sing a Song of Sixpence' to most accessible and immediately attractive music.
The choir is joined at the piano by David Whitehead for music of youthful vigour in Bob Chilcott's 'Jazz Mass'. The composer manages to bring the sounds of the smoke filled jazz club into the church environment without compromising either.
Grayston Ives' 'Three English Folk Songs' tell of youth and love and loss. As a one-time member of the King's Singers, Ives knows well how to project the vigour and energy of his subject.
The part songs with piano of Schubert at too rarely performed and we offer three: 'The Gondolier', 'The Lord is my Shepherd' and a late masterpiece 'Gebet' (Prayer) which sets a text of old age and the contemplation of the human condition.
The poetry of John Drinkwater that John Holloway set in celebration of Cantores' first twenty years in 2011 encompasses youth and old age. Therein is to be seen 'Cotswold Love' which can be found in April “ if you’re eighteen or rising sixty-five”, the coming of the 'Daffoldils' and the tap room songs of 'Mamble' to the consideration of 'Immortality' and the question of whether we shall take our love beyond the grave.
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Cantores Chamber Choir in the Cotswolds
We are a small, passionately dedicated chamber choir in the Cotswolds, 26 of us singing six or so concerts a year in some of England's most beautiful parish churches.
Two of our concerts every year are with the accompaniment of the Cantores String Ensemble, and we particularly love a cappella singing, with a repertoire ranging from the earliest Tudor times to the most contemporary English composers.