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11 June 2017 Concert

The Gaudete Singers directed by David Leigh

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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The Owl and the Pussycat

More Childhood Memories

Sunday 11 June 2017 8pm
The Freemasons' Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

Tickets €15 available at the door, concessions €10, students €5 with ID
including a glass of wine afterwards

Following our successful Mother Goose Concert last June, we return again with memories of childhood and a different programme centred on John Rutter's Five Childhood Lyrics.

John Rutter's compositional career has embraced both large and small-scale choral works, orchestral and instrumental pieces, a piano concerto, two children's operas, music for television, and specialist writing for such groups as the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and the King's Singers.

The Five Childhood Lyrics are:

  1. Monday's Child
  2. The Owl and the Pussy-Cat (Edward Lear)
  3. Windy Nights (R L Stevenson)
  4. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
  5. Sing a song of sixpence

As the title implies, the Five Childhood Lyrics were inspired by rhymes and verses for children, in the spirit of a homage to remembered childhood. Four of the five brief movements are simple, original settings, but the finale, 'Sing a song of sixpence', uses the melody as well as the words of a familiar nursery rhyme, treated with some tongue-in-cheek elaboration. One of Rutter's relatively few a cappella choral works, Five Childhood Lyrics was commissioned and premièred in 1973 by the London Concord Singers. Nicholas Shepherd © Collegium Records

Alice in Wonderland also makes an appearance with Four Lewis Carroll Songs from the American composer Karen P. Thomas. She is also a conductor and the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Seattle Pro Musica. Her compositions are performed and broadcast throughout the world, by groups such as The Hilliard Ensemble and the Vocal Consort of Brussels. Her works are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing and on her website.

These four entertaining and humorous settings are Turtle Soup, Father William, Jabberwocky and Speak Roughly to your Little Boy.

Other musical offerings include another setting of Father William by Walford Davies, Spring at this Hour by Lennox Berkeley, and Lullabies by Dvorak and Billy Joel, complemented by suitable poetry readings.

So we hope to see you on 11th June, children are very welcome and please join us for some refreshment after the concert (included in the ticket price).

Contact us at gaudetesingers@gmail.com