Director’s Notes January 2008

After the moving performance of Brahms’ German Requiem in December, we are now looking forward (or back) to the Baroque period for our next exciting performance. We have a great line up of local soloists of distinction and will be performing some of the most popular music of Vivaldi – the Gloria in D together with Bach’s Cantata 147, which of course, contains the much loved Jesu, Joy of Man’s desiring chorus. However there is a substantial chorus to open the work as well as some most interesting solo recitatives and arias that deserve to be better known.

Over its life, the Society has sung a huge range of music, spanning the centuries in the lovely setting of St Asaph Cathedral, noted for its fine acoustic for choral music. We do need, however, to continue recruiting new singers to maintain and develop our tradition. Do think about joining up, or mentioning to your friends and colleagues about this possibility and look out for ways of helping us promote our work. If you do not feel you could sing with the choir, why not help out as a helper – publicity of both concerts and chorister recruitment will be greatly appreciated by he members of the choir and committee!

Looking forward to December, we will have the opportunity to sing a 20th century favourite, Britten’s St Nicholas together with audience carols, but notably some Christmas Carols by our former conductor, Paul Harvey. Don’t miss it!

Do make a note now of Saturday 26 April in St Asaph Cathedral for our Baroque concert and while the diary is open you would be well–advised to insert 12 April for my other choir’s concert – the Colwyn Choral Society will be giving a contrasting programme of 20th century music in St Paul’s, Colwyn Bay – Bernstein’s exciting Chichester Psalms coupled with the sublime setting of the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé.

Graham Eccles.