Mozart
Requiem in d minor
Ola Gjeilo
Sunrise Mass

Requiem in D Minor
W A Mozart

Sunrise Mass
Ola Gjeilo

 

Saturday 29th October 2022

Tewkesbury Abbey

7.30pm

 

Cheltenham Bach Choir
& Göttinger Stadtkantorei

Directed by David Crown and Bernd Eberhardt

 

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.

 

Soloists

Katy Crompton SOPRANO

Rebecca Afonwy-Jones MEZZO

Joseph Doody TENOR

Edward Grint BASS/BARITONE

 

Katy Crompton Soprano
Rebecca Afonwy-Jones Mezzo
Joseph Doody Tenor
Edward Grint Bass Baritone

 

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Ola Gjeilo

Ola Gjeilo

Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) composed Sunrise Mass - a 30-minute work for choir and strings - with four sections: The Spheres (Kyrie), Sunrise (Gloria), The City (Credo), and Identity & The Ground (Sanctus/ Benedictus & Agnus Dei).

 

“...I wanted the musical development of the work to evolve from the most transparent and spacey, to something completely earthy and grounded; from nebulous and pristine to more emotional and dramatic, and eventually warm and solid – as a metaphor for human development from child to adult, or as a spiritual journey."

 

Ola Gjeilo

olagjeilo.com

 

 

 

Bernd Eberhardt

 

Ola Gjeilo

As part of previous UK concert tours of Göttinger Stadtkantorei (the Göttingen City Choir), Bernd has conducted Mendelssohn in Tewkesbury Abbey, and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis at the Town Hall in Cheltenham.

 

Cheltenham Bach Choir are pleased to welcome Göttinger Stadtkantorei back to Tewkesbury Abbey. Together the two choirs will perform together with The Regency Sinfonia, under the joint musical direction of both Bernd Eberhardt and David Crown.

 

Read more about Bernd Eberhardt please visit his website

 

 

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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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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)

 

Eleanor Broomfield
Annie Reilly

 

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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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