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New sounds for spring

Wake up your ears this spring with the fresh sound of contemporary choral works at a concert to be held by Epsom Choral Society on Saturday 16 March at 7.30pm at St Martin’s Parish Church, Epsom. 

ChoralThe Epsom Choral Society, currently in its 97th season, will sing four outstanding pieces that have become classics in their own right. Among the performers is Surrey treble, 12-year-old Alexander Gillan, a chorister at Guildford Cathedral. The concert is a bit of a departure from the Epsom Choral Society’s usual repertoire. There will be much percussion involved, full use of the St Martin’s organ and even some sound effects produced by the singers clapping, slapping their thighs and clicking their fingers to depict a crashing rainstorm!

The featured works – a colourful and contrasting selection – are as follows:

Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, written 50 years ago, takes its text from the Book of Psalms in the original Hebrew and presents it in one of the jazziest of settings. The solo of the beautiful setting of Psalm 23 will be sung by the highly talented Alexander Gillan.

Morten Lauridsen’s Nocturnes is a choral work of radiant beauty. Lauridsen is described by Gramophone magazine as “the brightest star in the firmament of the American choral scene … a remarkable balance between the contemporary and the timeless”.

Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst – is inspired by the experience of the composer witnessing a desert cloudburst, with the choir imitating the sound of rain. Eric Whitacre is a Grammy-winning American composer loved by choirs all over the world.

Bob Chilcott’s Songs and Cries of London Town –  Bob Chilcott, described by the Observer newspaper as “a contemporary hero of British choral music”, is renowned all over the world for his exceptional choral writing.

The concert is being given at St Martin’s Parish Church on Church Street, Epsom at 7.30pm on Saturday 16th March .

Entry is £15, or just £7.50 for students and under-18s.

Also playing are the Regent Chamber Ensemble, Marion Lea on the piano and Peter Jaekel on the organ. The conductor is the Epsom Choral Society’s Musical Director Julian Collings.

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