Grantham Choral Society will present a programme of baroque music at its next concert.
The concert will take place in St Wulfram’s Church on Saturday, April 5 at 7.30 pm.
Accompanying the Society will be Musica Donum Dei, a professional baroque ensemble playing instruments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (or modern copies). The society and orchestra will be conducted by Nigel Stark and the soloists will be Natalie Johnson–Hyde, soprano, Dawn Foxall, mezzo-soprano and Thomas Elwin, tenor.
The society will perform two of the four uplifting anthems composed by Handel for the coronation of King George II in 1727; Zadok the Priest and The King Shall Rejoice. They will also be performing a third work by Handel, Ode on St Cecilia’s Day. The music is set to the words of a poem written by John Dryden extolling the Pythagorean virtues of music and instruments. The poem was written in 1687 as a tribute to St Cecilia, the patron saint of music and musicians. Handel’s music was first performed on 22 November 1739, being the celebration of her patronal festival.
The fourth work in this programme is a piece possibly written slightly earlier by Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria RV589; the more popular of his two extant Gloria’s. After Vivaldi’s death in 1741 much of his work seemed to fall out of favour, only to enjoy a massive resurgence in popularity in 1939 when reintroduced to the musical world during a “Vivaldi Week” in Siena.
Tickets for the concert are available in advance from the Guildhall Box Office (Tel: 01476 406158), Clark’s Shoe Shop and Simmonds Music, or at the door on the night. Tickets cost £12 for adults, students £8.