Since its formation in 2014, Lucis has gone from strength to strength. With an ever-increasing membership, its reputation is being forged as a choir with something different to offer.
Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols kick-started the 2016-17 choral season, followed by an open evening led by musical director, Francis Faux.
Prior to a very successful performance of his Jazz Missa Brevis at the Wiltshire Music Centre in May, Lucis hosted internationally renowned choral composer Will Todd for a very insightful workshop and Q&A session. It was a privilege for the choir to perform for Will and wonderful to be able to receive his critique on their work.
The flagship event on Lucis’ calendar was a mini-Glyndebourne event at Prior Park chapel and grounds in July. Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas accompanied by the Lochrian Ensemble was the perfect repertoire for this magnificent setting. The evening could not have been more efficacious, with Lucis in fine voice, a line-up of high-class soloists, notably Esther Brazil (Dido) and Gwilym Bowen (Aeneas), and the chapel full to capacity.
The new choral year is already looking exciting. Tippett’s Five Negro Spirituals is the highlight of their forthcoming Out of Darkness concert, a new experience of performing at Westonbirt Arboretum as part of their Enchanted Christmas programme of events, and a much-anticipated return to Bath Abbey in 2018, featuring the music of Howard Goodall.
– Out of Darkness – Saturday 25 November, at St. Luke’s Church, Wellsway, £15.
– Enchanted Christmas – Monday 18 December, 5.45pm onwards, Westonbirt Arboretum. Visit: forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-christmas for further information.
– Eternal Light, Howard Goodall – Saturday 12 May 2018, at Bath Abbey, ticket prices tbc.
– Choral Tour to Cornwall – Summer 2018.
– The Peacemakers, Sir Karl Jenkins – Saturday 10 November 2018, Bristol Cathedral, details tbc.