The first concert of the year of Bath’s acclaimed chamber choir, A Handful of Singers, provides a programme full of sumptuous textures and colours.
Monteverdi’s Mass for 6 voices ‘In illo tempore’, dating from the same year as his Vespers, makes ingenious use of harmony and melodic imitation to create a unique, rich sound-world.
The ethereal quality of Allegri’s famous Miserere, written 20 years later, gives way to James MacMillan’s moving setting of Psalm 51, also called Miserere, which at times clearly alludes to the Allegri.
Eric Whitacre’s Sainte Chapelle portrays the ‘many-coloured light’ shining through the glass in that remarkable stained-glass chapel in Paris, while Ola Gjeilo’s Northern Lights evokes the powerful beauty of the aurora borealis. Paul Mealor’s atmospheric setting of Ubi Caritas, written for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, completes the programme.
A Handful of Singers is directed by its award-winning conductor Christopher Finch.
When: Saturday 20 January at 7:30pm
Where: St. Mary the Virgin, Bathwick, BA2 4EB
Tickets: £15 (£5 under 25s)