Sunday, 23 November 2014

St Cecilia's Day Concert

St Cecilia, the patron saint of music
Yesterday was St Cecilia's Day and my choir, the Darwin Chorale, put on an amazing concert to celebrate.
We performed at the local university theatre and had a very appreciative audience. Some songs were in Latin, one in French, and the rest in English.

St Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and there is a European tradition of a concert for this day with a mix of Christian and secular music.
For our concert we provided a good mix. A string ensemble played some Vivaldi. A small choir performed some madrigals and English folk songs. The whole choir performed some lovely folk songs from Wales, some spirituals, some church music from the 16th and 17th centuries and some modern pieces in honour of St Cecilia. We had an amazing soprano soloist who effortlessly reached top A. It was a joy to be singing with her!

Here is a youtube clip of the Cantique de Jean Racine which is one of the pieces we sang. It is by Faure and is in French. Raccine wrote the words in the 17th century but the music is more modern. This clip takes a while to get going because of the long introduction. Apparently it is sometimes used at funerals. This piece is really lovely to sing as the melody just lightly skims along. I hope you enjoy it.

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