The Gaudete Singers are 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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Tickets: €20 available on the door, conc. €15, students €5 with ID, all including a glass of wine/soft drink afterwards.
This concert is an eclectic mix of music written about rivers near and far. We explore the Arno and the Tiber in Italy, the Thames in England, the Mississippi in America and the biblical rivers of Babylon. Other setting are of rivers in general and/or settings of poetry.
The lyrics of Sweet Thames, flow softly are by Ewan MacColl, who set them to music performed by both Planxty and the Dubliners. Betty Roe has set the words with a backward glance to Ewan McColl's tune but with her own flowing accompaniment to an adaptation of MacColl's tune. Betty Roe was Director of Music at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art from 1968 – 78, and founded Thames Publishing. She has written six operas, twelve musicals, a pantomime and a number of choral works. A beautiful piece that deserves to be performed more often.
Songs of the River by Frederic H Cowan are four part song settings of poems by Victorian poet Edward Oxenford.
John Fletcher was an Elizabethan poet and The River-God's Song tells of leeches, newts and toads that "will bite thy foot". This poem was set by E J Moeran whose father was Irish and who lived in Kerry for the last 20 years of his life.
Ol' Man River and Moon River need no introduction, with the latter in a recent arrangement.
Deep River is a famous spiritual and the "Jordan" refers to the Ohio River, one of the boundaries between the slave states and the free. The campground has nothing to do with camping but was where the slaves met, sometimes illegally. These were rare occasions when slaves could actually experience feeling free through singing, playing instruments and sharing stories. It is also metaphorical for heaven where they would be free at last.
Down to the River to Pray is a traditional American folk song arranged by Philip Lawson who was a members of the Kings Singers for many years.
|Super Flumina Babylonis||Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525–1594)|
|Alla rive del Tebro||"|
|Cade la sera||Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880–1968)|
|Songs of the River||Frederic H Cowen (1852–1935)|
|The River-God's Song||E J Moeran (1894‐1950)|
|Sweet Thames, flow softly||Betty Roe (1930‐)|
|Moon River||Henry Mancini (1924‐1994) arr. T Haydock 2017|
|Down to the River to Pray||Traditional arranged by Philip Lawson (1957‐)|
|Deep River||Spiritual arranged by Norman Luboff (1917‐1987)|
|Ol' Man River||Jerome Kern (1885‐1945)|
This wonderful programme will be heard to good effect in the beautifully refurbished Unitarian Church, so come and enjoy some summery sounds of watery music. We hope to see you on 9th June and please join us for a glass of wine after the concert (included in the ticket price).