Nottingham Harmonic Choir

Handel Messiah

Royal Concert Hall

Saturday 6th December 2014

Orchestra da Camera

Soprano Laurie Ashworth Counter tenor Ben Williamson
Tenor Tyler Clarke Baritone Adrian Powter
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Previous Concert - Nottingham Classics

Mendelssohn Symphony No 2 - "Lobgesang"

Sinfonia Viva - Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
Wednesday 12th February 2014 7.30pm
(Image: ceiling of St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig,
remodelled by architect Johann Carl Friedrich Dauthe
who designed the concert hall where Mendelssohn's
Symphony No 2 was first performed)

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Mozart Mass in C Minor

Mendelssohn Psalm 95
Haydn & Beethoven

Albert Hall Nottingham
Saturday 21st March 2015 7:30pm

Orchestra da Camera
Soprano Katie Trethewey Soprano April Fredrick
Tenor Matthew Minter Baritone Angus McPhee
Information & tickets for Mozart Mass in C Minor

Southwell Minster

Music for Choir Organ and Cello

Vierne Messe Solennelle

Saturday 9th May 2015

Tavener Svyati
Gjeilo O magnum mysterium
Patterson Lux in Tenebris
Saint-Saens, Franck, Fauré,Arvo Pärt, Bach

FAMILY CAROL CONCERTS

Royal Concert Hall

Saturday 20th December 2014
Monday 22nd December 2014

Thoresby Colliery Band

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Previous Concert - Southwell Minster

Bach Mass in B Minor

Saturday 10th May 2014

Bach Camerata - Leader David le Page
Soloists Katie Trethewey, April Fredrick
Cathy Bell, Julian Forbes, Andrew Mahon
(image is ceiling of St Thomas Leipzig)

In Memoriam - Southwell Minster

15th November 2014 7:30pm

Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending
Elgar Spirit of England
Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem

Orchestra da Camera Violin Shulah Oliver
Soprano Stephanie Corley
Bass James Oldfield

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In Memoriam

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Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem

Elgar Spirit of England

Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending

Conductor Richard Laing
Violin Shulah Oliver
Soprano Stephanie Corley
Bass-baritone James Oldfield

Saturday 15th November 2014 7.30pm
Southwell Minster

This concert is part of the Trent to Trenches events taking place in Nottinghamshire in 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.

The concert will feature works which are essentially a plea for peace, rather than any celebration of War. We hope in this way to honour those who gave their lives, so we can live.

Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem is exactly that - a plea for peace, written in 1936, referring to recent wars during the growing fears of a new one. His texts were taken from the Mass, three poems by Walt Whitman, a political speech by John Bright in which he had tried to prevent the Crimean War, and sections of the Bible.

Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending perhaps epitomises the emotions of those who valued what was good about the freedom of the English countryside in the early years of the 20th Century and felt that their duty was to preserve it for others, even if this required them to fight.

Elgar's Spirit of England is a setting of a collection of war poems by Laurence Binyon published in late 1914.
One of Elgar's friends, Sir Sidney Colvin, suggested that Elgar should compose a war requiem which captured the spirit of Binyon's poems.
Elgar was deeply affected by the suffering caused by the First World War and readily accepted Colvin's idea, selecting three of Binyon's poems - The Fourth of August, To Women and For the Fallen - to set to music. Elgar had not progressed very far, however, when he met Cyril Rootham, director of music at St John's College, Cambridge. To Elgar's consternation, Rootham revealed that he too was compoing a setting of For the Fallen.

Elgar faced a dilemma: For the Fallen was to be the climax of Elgar's work and he could not contemplate recasting it to exclude the poem. Yet by continuing, he would invite inevitable comparisons between the two settings, accusations of capitalizing on another composer's ideas, and Rootham's displeasure. Elgar prevaricated until prevailed upon by Colvin and others to proceed with his original plan.

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