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13 April 2019 7:30pm

Poulenc Gloria
Brahms Alto Rhapsody
Elgar The Music Makers

Elenor Bowers-Jolley Soprano
Stephanie Windsor-Lewis Mezzo-Soprano
with the Medlock Ensemble (Helen Medlock Leader)
Andrew Parnell conductor

Poulenc's Gloria is a captivatingly original setting for soprano solo, chorus and orchestra, in which the composer is adept at expressing the text in his music; sometimes it is poignant and lyrical, and at others, spiky and rhythmically vital. Forget Vivaldi's setting of this text: this is imaginative, individual and infectious.

The Alto Rhapsody by Brahms is a rarely performed smaller-scale work, for alto solo, male-voice choir and orchestra on a text by Goethe. Here are the intensity and sonority always expected of Brahms, providing a contrast with the more symphonic outer works in this programme.

Elgar's The Music Makers is the most famous setting of Arthur O'Shaughnessy's poem, scored for mezzo-soprano solo, choir and orchestra. Listening to what must be one of the most popular of Elgar's choral output, you can enjoy spotting the composer's references to half a dozen of his best known works, including Enigma Variations and The Dream of Gerontius, as well as The Marseillaise!

Ely Choral Society are pleased to announce that the concert will be supported by the Elgar Society and the Williams Church Music Trust.

Tickets £25, £20, £15, £8, U18s £5

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