Brahms: German Requiem & Liebeslieder
Final preparations are underway today - including the ‘small matter’ of putting a grand piano in place at St Michael le Belfrey - for the final concert of our 2013-14 concert series where we perform two contrasting works by Brahms. In the first half of the concert we will perform the lovely confection of romance, song and waltz that is the Liebeslieder Walzer. At the piano we are lucky to have the expertise of two talented young accompanists in the form of Ben Horden and Mark Hutchison. Based in York, Ben (@BenHorden) is assistant organist at Ripon Cathedral (@riponcathedral) and conductor of the York based ensemble Spectrum Choir (@SpectrumChoir). At the other end of the piano will be Mark Hutchinson who is an alumni of the University of York Music Department (@Music_at_York) where he recently completed a PhD in music analysis. In addition to his music research, Mark is a busy performer and instrumental teacher.
In the second half of the concert the mighty Ein Deutsches Requiem will form a fitting climax to our year of music making. The German Requiem, is a glorious sing for the choir and our performance will offer the opportunity to hear the well-loved score with the pared down accompaniment of four hands and one piano. Anyone who has heard this version will attest to its ability to experience an old warhorse of the choral repertory with renewed freshness and insight. Our baritone soloist for the performance will be Frederick Long who has previously appeared with choir singing the Bach B Minor Mass in 2011. Freddy, is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in addition to being a member of the National Opera Studio and Glyndebourne New Generation Programme also appears regularly in recital and concert work. Stepping out of the choir as soprano soloist will be Wendy Goodson. In addition to singing in Yorkshire Bach Choir, Wendy combines a busy career teaching singing with appearances as a solo singer on the concert platform with local festivals and choirs.
Yorkshire Bach Choir hopes you can come and join us for what promises to be a memorable evening. Ticket are available online by clicking on the following link: bit.ly/1m0JYiD or alternatively on the door priced at £18 and £16 (concessions). Student stand by tickets are available to full time students at the door 10 minutes before the start of the concert.
We will shortly be publishing details of our exciting forthcoming concert series for 2014/15 so watch this space for further details.
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