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Following our successful Singing Day on 26th February which was attended by over 100 singers, the Chorus is delighted to have welcomed three new potential members with the promise of several more later in the year. Much homemade cake was consumed while our excellent and indefatigable Musical Director, doubling as a stand-up comedian, led us in rehearsal and performance of the Tallis Magnificat and excerpts from Mozart's Requiem.
Meanwhile, the choir has been gearing up for its spring concert. At Chingford Parish Church, 7.30pm on Saturday 26th March, we will finally be celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday, only two year's late, with performances of the magnificent Mass in C and Dvorak's lively Te Deum. It will be a joy to sing with an orchestra again and the British Sinfonietta will open the concert with Beethoven's Coriolan Overture. Our soloists Jessica Robinson, Nancy Holt, Satriya Krisna and Michael Lafferty plus, of course, conductor Edward-Rhys Harry, complete the line-up.
Beethoven admitted stretching the envelope with the C Major Mass: "I do not like to talk about my mass...but I believe that I have treated the text as it has seldom been treated before". Unfortunately, such novelty was not appreciated by the commissioner, Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy II, who was used to the more sedate masses his grandfather commissioned from Haydn. He described it as "unbearably ridiculous and vile". To be fair, the private premiere in 1807 suffered from inadequate and chaotic rehearsal partly due to Beethoven's increasing deafness, and apparently four of the five altos were sight-reading. However the Mass was heard by a wider public just over a year later when it was part of a massive concert at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. Its enduring popularity since then rather suggests that it was Prince Nikolaus' ear that was at fault and not the Mass!
We hope to see you on the 26th. No need to take the car and find parking - the Chorus has again laid on a coach picking up in Bishop's Stortford, Sawbridgeworth, Old Harlow and Epping. Cost is a snip at £15 for the round trip. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Ticket, £15 in advance, £18 0n the door, are available from our Box Office on 01277 362440, email email@example.com or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/harlowchorus
With best wishes
Val Brockbank on behalf of Harlow Chorus