Portsmouth Baroque Choir’s summer concert, at St George’s Church, Waterlooville on Sat 30 Jun at 7.30pm, features two main works. The first half is themed around times and seasons, starting with some madrigals and a part-song, and featuring a work by Jonathan Dove, The Passing of the Year. It was written in 2000 for the London Symphony Chorus. Scored for double choir with piano accompaniment, it is a cycle of seven poems, all from past centuries, which evoke the different seasons in a way that recalls Britten’s Spring Symphony.
The second half features John Rutter’s cycle of folk-songs, The Sprig of Thyme. It is a collection of traditional folk songs from England, Scotland and Ireland, originally for choir and chamber orchestra. The piano accompaniment will be enhanced with the woodwind instrumentation from the original scoring of wind, strings and harp. The concert ends with a madrigal that invokes night, a big piece in rich six-part harmony, slow and elegiac in mood.
We are delighted to have Karen Kingsley accompanying us. Karen will also be playing some piano music by E J Moeran.