Many thanks to Fergus for letting us know about this upcoming concert on Saturday. Ed
On Saturday, 13 July the Camerata Chamber Choir is coming back to Saint Catherine’s Church, Ventnor for an evening recital of Renaissance, baroque and modern romantic choral music.
Mostly a cappella, the evening’s programme will be a departure from the choir’s recent experience in front of 4,200 people alongside the Royal Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Karl Jenkins at the Royal Albert Hall.
This summer’s concert will be a selection of beautiful choral works beginning with Gregorian chant, then music from the Renaissance, passing through the Baroque period, to music of the present-day. With the first item of the programme Camerata is tackling the historic Miserere.
The 17th century sacred music standard, accredited to Gregorio Allegri, was performed as part of Holy week in the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and only there. The papal ban on removing the unwritten music was broken by a teenage Mozart, who later wrote it down after just one hearing. Since then other composers have had an influence, and it is now a piece which has undergone much evolution. In this case the singers will present a shortened version for one choir.
Travelling forward in time
The evening’s programme continues to travel forward in time via three movements from JS Bach’s motet Jesu, meine Freude, Mozart’s Ave Verum, and four from the Swedish romantic composers Söderman and Olsson.
During the interval the audience may enjoy refreshments from the church and cakes courtesy of Saint Catherine’s School, who will be available to offer information about its work with children who have special speech, language and communication needs. The Ventnor charity will gratefully receive donations.
The second half brings music of the 20th century. The beautiful, relaxing music continues with the haunting Ubi Caritas by Maurice Duruflè and Morten Lauridsen’s seminal O Magnum Mysterium. The evening then moves onto songs by former, and future, Camerata collaborator Patrick Hawes, and Royal wedding composer Paul Mealor. The concert will finish with three pieces by the internationally popular Karl Jenkins: Pie Jesu from Requiem and Agnus Dei and the final hymn from The Armed Man.
Lawrence Bate will provide piano accompaniment, and singing teacher and performer Tressa Lambert soprano solo.