Our next concert
We’re excited about our next concert of Choral Smash Hits,
which will be in collaboration with William McElwee and the St. Mary of the Angels choir. This is a fantastic church choir with a lot of great voices, and it will be a delight to sing with them in their stunning church. Ingrid and William will share the conducting
The program is made up entirely of the absolute gems of the choral repertoire.
The concert will be at
7:30pm on Saturday 27 August 2022
at St. Mary of the Angels, Boulcott Street.
Festival Singers 2022 plans
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Programme for 2022
Starlit Night concert: 7:30pm Saturday 14 May 2022 at St Peters on Willis
Included: Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars by Jonathan Dove, and Nocturnes by Lauridsen. Featured Soprano Rowena Simpson
Choral Smash Hits Concert with the choir of St. Mary of the Angels, 17 Boulcott Street – 27 August 2022
Programme will include: Zadok the Priest, Parry’s I Was Glad, Allegri’s Miserere, Stanford’s Three Latin Motets, and a wide range of composers from Josquin to Britten.
A mid-year workshop
“Rewritten” concert. October / November 2022
We’ll sing music that’s been used in one context and then rewritten for another, e.g. JS Bach’s Passion Chorale that Paul Simon rewrote as American Tune.
- We plan to sing at the Seatoun Carols event at St Christopher’s that fundraises for the Wellington City Mission.
- We may perform a Christmas concert
- We may sing at some rest-homes
Documentary Video about making the recording of A Hopkins Gloria
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A Hopkins Gloria
Here is Alexander Garside’s trailer video about the album
A Hopkins Gloria was initially premiered at a concert that included two other Glorias, by Vivaldi and by John Rutter. In the back of my mind were Classical and Baroque “cantata-masses” like Vivaldi’s Gloria, where each fragment of the (Latin) text is spun out into a complete movement. I was tempted in this direction, but decided at length to set the text in English (mostly the version in A New Zealand Prayer Book) – partly because most of the rest of the concert was in Latin. And as soon as I had made that decision, I felt that I couldn’t repeat each clause indefinitely, treating them as tokens to fill out abstract musical designs, but had to regard the text (or at least larger sections of it) as meaningful wholes.
Then I had an idea. Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Pied Beauty (“Glory be to God for dappled things…”) came into my head, which I had attempted without success to set at various times over the last twenty-five years. I thought of ‘inhabiting’ this canonical text with other, related texts (“and the birds of the air shall make their homes in its branches…”). It occurred to me that one of Hopkins’ Terrible Sonnets, written out of his blackest depression, could make a useful counterpoint to the Agnus Dei sections; then I wondered if the second half of his “That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection” might work as a way of bringing about a return to the joyful mood of the whole.
So there is a kind of spiritual drama, a dark night of the soul, at the heart of the piece. And it may be worth saying that the emotional dynamic of this section – the attempt to soothe and manage dark imaginings in the early hours of the morning by repetition of the Agnus Dei prayer – is, quite literally, something that has been a regular part of my spiritual life. I do believe, somehow, that joy will have the final word; but suffering and resurrection have to happen first.
Jonathan Berkahn, December 2020
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