On Saturday 27 April, the West Sussex Philharmonic Choir will present their Spring Concert at St. Mary’s Parish Church.
The programme is a cocktail of musical delights, with four short, well-loved pieces providing a framework for two larger choral works by Italian composers. The first of these – Antonio Vivaldi’s joyful and uplifting Gloria, written in 1715 – is a firm favourite with singers and audiences alike. The second is less well known: Luigi Cherubini’s ‘royal’ Requiem in C Minor – a work full of majesty and drama that was greatly admired in the 19th century but is rarely performed nowadays. It was commissioned in 1815 by the newly installed French King Louis XVIII to commemorate his brother, Louis XVI, who had been executed by guillotine in 1793 during the Reign of Terror. Beethoven regarded Cherubini as the greatest living composer and was so impressed by this requiem that he asked for it to be performed at his own funeral.
The choir will also perform Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S. Bach, sung in the original German, and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, as well as two pieces by the English composer Hubert Parry: I was Glad, an anthem for the Coronation of King Edward VII in 1902, and the rousing Jerusalem, well known as the anthem of the Women’s Institute, but also the official hymn of the England & Wales Cricket Board!
WSPC currently has about 75 members, but new voices are always welcome. For more about the choir and forthcoming concerts, please visit http://www.
Saturday 27 April 2019, 7.30 pm at St. Mary’s Church, the Causeway, Horsham. Tickets: £14 (students £7) available from Waterstone’s, The Candy Box, Horsham Piano Centre and on the door