Press Release – March 2011 Concert

New setting for choir’s Surprise

The IW Cantata Choir’s March offering is appropriately called A Spring Surprise, the title referring both to the programme’s content and to the venue.

Instead of its normal home of the Medina Theatre, the choir will perform attractive and exciting short works in the Minster Church of Sts Thomas, Newport.

The usual full orchestra is replaced, in Bob Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass, by a jazz group of drums, bass and keyboard.

This work, popular with choirs on both sides of the Atlantic, brings together the diverse traditions of the Latin Missa Brevis and the jazz idiom.

The programme includes such contrasting works as Vaughan Williams’s simple and moving settings of George Herbert’s Five Spiritual Songs for baritone and chorus, the beautiful setting of The Lord’s Prayer from the African Sanctus by David Fanshawe, the old favourite Kum Ba Yah and some well known and loved opera choruses.

By IW County Press reporter. Friday, February 25, 2011