Stowmarket Chorale – Summer Concert

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Date(s) - 08/06/2024
7:00 pm

Stowmarket United Reformed Church



Stowmarket Chorale – Summer Concert

Stowmarket Chorale brings a joyful programme of
Vivaldi and Handel to The Heart of Suffolk
baritoneMark Saberton    mezzoMaria Brown
Stowmarket Sinfonia.
Saturday 8th June 2024 at 7pm

Stowmarket United Reformed Church, Ipswich St, Stowmarket IP14 1AD
in advance 07972 668180 or on the door. £18 (under 19s free).
poster for Stwomarket chorale Summer Concert - saturday 8th june at 7pm. United reform church Stowmarket.

The Chorale is delighted to present a baroque programme of Handel and Vivaldi conducted by William Baldry, with soloists Maria Brown and Mark Saberton and accompanied by Stowmarket Sinfonia.

The Gloria in D is probably one of Vivaldi’s best known sacred works. It was written between 1713 and 1717 and was originally performed by girls from the Ospedale della Pieta in Venice, the orphanage turned music school where he worked as a violin and singing teacher. The girls sang from the upper galleries of the church, hidden behind the patterned grills, to protect them from unwanted attention.

A joyful hymn of praise and worship, the Gloria is divided into 12 relatively brief movements, ranging from festive brilliance to profound sadness.

‘My heart is inditing’ is one of Handel’s Four Coronation Anthems, composed for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline in 1727 in Westminster Abbey, composed and performed expressly to mark the crowning of the queen. These anthems have featured at the coronation of every British monarch since. The text is from Psalm 45, verses 1, 10 & 12 and the Book of Isaiah, Ch. 49, verse 23. The music is in four distinct movements: D major, A major, E major, returning to D major for the finale.

‘O sing unto the Lord a new song’ (HWV 249a) is a six movement anthem that dates from Handel’s earliest association with the Chapel Royal. It was first performed in either September or October 1714 and is a jubilant setting of Psalm 96, verses 1-3, 6, 9 & 11 for alto and bass soloists, with chorus and scored for accompanying strings, flute, oboes, trumpets and continuo. Later, in 1717-18, when Handel was composer-in-residence at Cannons in Middlesex, he re-used this text with some of the same musical material, for Chandos Anthem No. 4, also titled ‘O sing unto the Lord’ (HV249b).

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