A feast of local talent continues the Remembrance theme

Thomas Lydon writes:

The Petersfield Choir, now firmly established as the town’s leading choir, and under the direction of its new conductor, local resident Thomas Lydon, continues its association with The SouthDowns Camerata, based in Liss, and its four regular soloists, all of whom live in the area and yet were trained in top internationally-famous music schools.

In the season of Remembrance and with the centenary of the ending of the First World War, the concert will be full of spectacular and moving music.

Top of the bill is Haydn’s sparkling and lively Nelson Mass, arguably his greatest single composition, written at the height of the Napoleonic Wars, with the original title of ‘Mass in Troubled Times’.

Vaughan Williams’ Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge is a response to the ending of the First World War based on Psalm 90. The finale is described as one of the most inspired endings in English choral music.

In addition, the orchestra will perform Elgar’s Serenade and there will be a selection of four short vocal solos.

The concert will be on Saturday, 24th November at 7:30pm in St Peter’s Church, Petersfield and admission is free.

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