Vivaldi’s Gloria, one of sacred music’s most joyful and uplifting works, forms the centrepiece of our festive concert. Originally written in 1715 for the choir of the famous girls’ orphanage in Venice where the composer worked, nowadays it is mainly performed by mixed choirs, and is a firm favourite among concert-goers and singers alike.
The other main choral item on our programme is Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, which was first performed in Paris on Christmas Day in 1858. Though less well known and less widely performed, it is a beautiful piece of music with simple, haunting melodies and a moving organ accompaniment.
Sandwiched in time, as it were, between these two works, is Mozart’s brief masterpiece, Ave verum corpus, doubtless one of his best-loved choral pieces.
We also have a musical interlude featuring Debussy’s Danse sacrée et profane for harp and small orchestra, led by the choir’s Music Director, Stephen Hope.
We hope you will come along and enjoy this programme of joyous music with us!
WSPC is now in its 40th anniversary season. The choir currently has about 75 members, and regularly hosts ‘Come and Sing’ workshops. New voices are always welcome. For more about the choir and our forthcoming concerts, please visit: http://www.
Performance: Sat.18 November, 7pm at St. Mary’s Church, the Causeway, Horsham. Tickets: £14 (students £7) available on the door.