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Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir Summer Concert

Kodaly: Missa Brevis
Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb
Finzi : Magificat
Messiaen: Transports de joie

Magnus Williamson (organ)
Eric Cross (conductor)

The Missa Brevis (Short Mass) by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály was written in 1942. It was first performed in exceptionally difficult circumstances during the siege of Budapest in the winter of 1944/45. Kodály and his wife were forced to seek refuge in the cellars of the Budapest Opera House and, with a choir made up of the Opera company’s soloists accompanied by a harmonium, performed the work to the distant sound of gunfire: a chilling link to the recent attacks on Ukraine’s Mariupol Theatre.

The Festival Cantata Rejoice in the Lamb, composed .by Benjamin Britten in 1943, is for four soloists, choir and organ. One of Britten’s most popular works, it is full of colour, drama and the bizarre imagery of Christopher Smart’s text; the central issue of the individual against the crowd, or against authority, was one to which Britten was to return repeatedly in his works.

The Magnificat composed by British composer Gerald Finzi in 1952 is typical of Finzi’s lyrical music and his characteristically 'English' approach, though the work also contains moments of drama.

For this concert the choir will be accompanied by Magnus Williamson on the University’s splendid new Aubertin organ, which will also be put through its paces in Messiaen’s colourful Transports de joie for solo organ.
Sunday, June 19th 2022 7:30pm.

Tickets: £15, Students and Unwaged £7, Under 18s free
King’s Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7RU
Sun 19 June
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