The Gaudete Singers is a small group of about 20 - 30 singers. We perform a range of different styles, from Palestrina to Arvo Pärt.
The Gaudete Singers are directed by David Leigh.
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|Songs of Farewell||C Hubert H Parry (1848–1918)|
|Justorum animae||Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924)|
|Coelos ascendit hodie||Charles Villiers Stanford|
|Beati quorum via||Charles Villiers Stanford|
|Hail gladdening light||Charles Wood (1866–1926)|
|Nunc Dimittis||Charles Wood|
This concert celebrates the centenary of Parry's death in October 1918 and commemorates the end of the Great War on 11th November 1918.
Parry, along with many of his generation, was devastated by the huge loss of young life during the war. For Parry, however, who held German music and its traditions in the highest esteem, it was agonising. He was in despair when World War I broke out. In the words of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "During the war he watched a life's work of progress and education being wiped away as the male population, particularly the new fertile generation of composing talent-of the Royal College, dwindled." Most of the Songs were written in 1915 ("There is an old belief" was written in 1907) and the first performance of five of the motets was in May 1916. But sadly, Parry was never to live long enough to hear the entire set performed as a group; he died of influenza in October 1918. "There is an old belief" was sung at his funeral at St. Paul's Cathedral, where he is buried.
Parry's Songs of Farewell are widely acknowledged as masterpieces of unaccompanied choral writing and are a fitting tribute to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War.
This wonderful programme will be heard to good effect in the beautifully refurbished St Bartholomew's Church, so come and soak up the sounds of this masterful music. We hope to see you on 10th March and please join us for a glass of wine after the concert (included in the ticket price).