Preview of Portsmouth Baroque Choir’s concert, “The Passing of the Year”

Portsmouth Baroque Choir’s next concert falls on the eve of Remembrance Sunday and appropriately includes a number of works with a remembrance theme. These include a selection of Parry’s Songs of farewell, written in 1918 towards the end of Parry’s life. Also included are a part-song by Elgar, They are at rest, set to words by John Henry Newman, who was canonized in October, and Parry’s Crossing the bar.

Ian Schofield was the choir’s conductor for some twelve years, and to mark his 70th Birthday we are including his Stream of life, written in 2015 for the Renaissance Choir. Ian has written a piano accompaniment especially for this concert.

The second half consists of two main works: Humphrey Clucas’s Songs of farewell uses different texts to the Parry settings. Written in 1996 for the Vasari Singers, Portsmouth Baroque Choir gave one of the earliest performances of this work in 1998. We conclude with Jonathan Dove’s The passing of the year, a song cycle written in 2000 that is becoming increasingly popular with choirs, and which has been released on CD four times. The choir sang this in the summer of 2018 and enjoyed it so much they wanted to sing it again.

The Schofield, Clucas and Dove works will be accompanied by ever-popular Karen Kingsley, who also contributes short piano solos by Elgar and Parry.

The concert is on Saturday 9th November at 7:30 pm in St. James’ Church, Emsworth.

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