G F Handel
Messiah

Messiah
G F Handel

 

Tuesday 20th December 2022

Cheltenham Town Hall

7.30pm

 

Directed by David Crown

 

Soloists

Eleanor Broomfield SOPRANO

Annie Reilly MEZZO

Richard Pinkstone TENOR

Felix Kemp BASS/BARITONE

 

Eleanor Broomfield
Annie Reilly
Richard Pinkstone - Tenor
Felix Kemp - Baritone

 

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Orchestra

The Regency Sinfonia

 

The Regency Sinfonia comprises musicians who have busy schedules as freelance musicians in the Midlands and West of England, playing in a variety of different orchestras and in a myriad of musical styles. Their versatility and knowledge of the repertoire means that they are much in demand.

G F Handel - Messiah.  Performance at Cheltenham Bach Choir on 20 December 2022

 

Monument to George Frideric Handel in Halle, Germany.

 

 

Messiah

Handel began working on Messiah in 1741, just before receiving an invitation to visit Dublin from the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Handel took the score with him and it was in Dublin's New Music Hall when it was first performed in April 1742. The performance was an enormous success.

 

Divided into three parts, part one focuses on the time leading up to and at Christ’s birth. Audiences experience the joyous and powerful chorus For unto us a child is born, recitatives depicting angels bringing the good news to the shepherds and the uplifting final chorus Glory to God.

 

Part two relays Christ’s passion, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension with a range of emotional expression, from the crowd’s taunts He trusted in God, to the despair in the alto aria He was despised. Part two concludes with the uplifting sound of trumpets, drums and chorus blazing out the triumphant Hallelujah chorus.

 

Part three deals with the resurrection of Christ and the theme of Christian redemption in the soprano solo I know that my redeemer liveth. Equally moving is the bass aria The trumpet shall sound with a gloriously resounding trumpet solo. The final choruses Worthy is the Lamb and Amen is where Handel provides the audience with an exultant affirmation of faith.

 

Words sourced from John Bawden

 

 

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Tickets for this concert on Tuesday 20 December 2022 are available to purchase in person from Cheltenham Town Hall and also from their online box-office.

 

Prices:

Band A & B £20.00

Band C & D £15.00

Students and Children £5.00

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J S Bach
St Matthew Passion

St Matthew Passion
J S Bach

 

Saturday March 25th 2023

Tewkesbury Abbey

6.30pm

 

Directed by David Crown

 

Soloists

Mark Wilde (Evangelist)

Markus Matheis (Christus)

 

Mark Wilde
Markus Matheis

 

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Orchestra

The Musical and Amicable Society Baroque Orchestra

 

St Matthew Passion

The St Matthew Passion was written in two parts: Part One unfolds Christ’s betrayal, the Last Supper, his prayers and his subsequent arrest. Part Two traverses through the Crucifixion to death and burial of Christ.

 

Throughout the work the performance from the soloists feature more than the chorus. One of hundreds of sacred pieces Bach wrote during his long tenure as director of church music at Thomaskirche school, the story of the St Matthew Passion was taken mostly from the Gospel According to Matthew, but the verses that Bach set to music were provided by a number of contemporary poets. His principal contributor was Christian Friedrich Henrici, a poet who wrote under the name of Picander.

 

St Matthew Passion - JS Bach. Performance at Cheltenham Bach Choir on 25 March 2023 at Tewkesbury Abbey

 

The detail from sculptural group The Deposition of the cross in church chiesa di San Francesco by Antonio Begarelli (1499-1565).

 

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Ariel Ramirez
Misa Criolla
Will Todd
Mass in Blue

Misa Criolla
Ariel Ramirez

Mass in Blue
Will Todd

 

Directed by David Crown

 

Soloists

Hannah Davey SOPRANO

Julian Henao Gonzalez TENOR

 

Hannah Davey
Julian Henao Gonzalez (

 

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Will Todd

 

Ariel Ramirez - Misa Criolla

Will Todd (b.1970) is a British composer and jazz pianist, best known for combining jazz and blues with traditional choral music. Will spent his formative years steeped in both jazz and the English choral tradition. In his choral jazz music he is able to juxtapose strong rhythmic drive and rich harmonies with exquisitely lyrical vocal lines.

 

Read more : willtodd.co.uk

 

 

Ariel Ramirez

 

Ariel Ramirez - Misa Criolla

Ariel Ramírez (1921 – 2010) was an Argentine composer, pianist and music director. He was considered a chief exponent of Argentine folk music and noted for his iconic musical compositions. He is known primarily for his Misa Criolla (1964)which allowed him to travel around Europe and Latin America and enabled him to build his reputation as a composer.

 

Photo and text source: Wikipedia

 

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