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Saturday 23 July 2016, 5:00pm
On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Pozières we present a concert to honour heroes past and present, Songs of Legend, with a premiere performance as its centrepiece: ANZACS: A Generation Lost in Legend. The 7-movement work is scored for violin, brass quintet, percussion, vocal soloists, treble choir, mixed choir and organ. A haunting and beautiful setting by Janet Jennings (NZ) of poetry written by soldiers involved in World War 1, the piece gives voice to the Australians and New Zealanders who served and gave their lives on the front line. Dr Jennings is well known in New Zealand for her engaging music for voices, instruments and the stage.
Josquin des Prez’ Missa L’homme armé sexti toni (‘in the sixth mode’) is a benchmark vocal piece of great compositional originality. It develops the ‘L’Homme armé’(‘the armed man’) theme, a popular 15th century French song, across all voice parts, including in retrograde, and plays with rhythm and scoring, among other devices. It is considered a masterpiece by the foremost composer of the time.
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace is one of Welsh composer Karl Jenkins’ best known and popular pieces. Originally scored for choir and symphony orchestra, the motets are a cappella arrangements of a selection of movements from The Armed Man.
JOSQUIN - Missa L’homme armé sexti toni (excerpts)
JENKINS - Two motets from The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace)
LEIGHTON JONES - Gallipoli
JENNINGS - ANZACS: A Generation Lost in Legend (WORLD PREMIERE)
The Choir of St James’ with Australian Baroque Brass
Director ~ Warren Trevelyan-Jones
Date and time: Saturday 23 July 2016, 5:00pm
Venue: St James’ Church, 173 King Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Tickets: $50/45; to book call (02) 8256 2222, visit www.cityrecitalhall.com or purchase on the door
You will read elsewhere about The Choir of St James’ very successful European tour. And many of you will have heard some of the repertoire in their very fine concert, Songs of Discovery, as well as having heard about their experiences at the subsequent cocktail party. So I will not add to that here, except to offer thanks to a number of people who made it all possible. Of course, we are so very grateful to those who supported the tour financially and practically. But I also want to thank those who made possible the continuation of the music programme here in Sydney while the Choir was away. Thank you to Sam Allchurch for ably conducting both the St James’ Singers and The St James’ Consort during this time, and particularly for inspiring the Singers to give their best during a very full month. And thank you to the Singers themselves for working hard to learn and perform a wide variety of music. Thank you to Ian McCahon for administrative help in addition to his singing. Thank you to sopranos Josie Ryan and Hester Wright, cellist Rachel Scott, the 9am cantors, and the St James’ Consort for their contributions to the music during this time.