To mark the 25th Anniversary of Orpheus Singers, the 2017/2018 season will begin with a concert looking forward to the Advent Season at St. Mary’s Church in Brighstone.
Taking place almost 25 years to the day after the first concert, ‘Wolcum Hevenè King’ will be an especially atmospheric event, performed by candle-light.
The concert begins with Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, sung with a harp accompaniment. Britten arranged 9 medieval carols, mainly in Middle English. The sequence begins and ends with traditional Latin Plainsong – Hodie Christus natus est. The music is joyous and inventive.
Also in the programme is Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin, a short devotional piece he wrote when only 16-years-old, and the Messe de Minuit Pour Noël (Midnight Mass for Christmas), written by 17th-century French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier: a rarely-performed Baroque Mass which provides a perfect counterpoint to the 20th-century works in the Programme.
The event takes place on Saturday 25th November at 19:30. Tickets are available from choir members, by phone on 01983 615 875 or on the choir’s website at www.orpheussingers.org.uk.