UWE Chamber Choir and Brass Consort Concert

Issue date: 28 February 2006

The Brass Consort St Lawrence's Church Hungerford plays host to the Chamber Choir and Brass Consort from the University of the West of England on Saturday 4 March 2006.

The Chamber Choir, which is the University's premier singing group, has twenty-eight members who regularly perform a wide range of choral music. 'Pairs' has been chosen as the theme of the music for this concert - presenting two widely differing settings of the same text: Allegri's incomparably beautiful setting of Psalm 51 is matched with SS Wesley's setting; whilst two settings of Ave Maria, one by Josquin Desprez and one by Anton Bruckner, are separated by some four hundred years.

In spite of the choir's size they regularly perform music scored for double choir – eight separate voice parts – so that the multi-choired music of Giovanni Gabrieli is well represented in this programme: his setting for eight-part choir of the Jubilate (Psalm 100) is contrasted with Herbert Howells's Collegium Regale setting of three hundred years later, and his O magnum mysterium (also in eight-parts) with that of the French composer Poulenc.

The Brass Consort meanwhile will be playing an equally diverse selection of music to include a piece by Beethoven for four trombones, the Procession of Nobles (Rimsky- Korsakov) and ceremonial music by Gabrieli, Howarth and Susato.

Tickets, £7.00 (£5.00 conc) are available from MusicBox (01275 349010) or on the door. Under the CPA's Quid-a-Kid scheme under 16s pay £1 when accompanied by an adult.


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