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City of Leicester Singers

Saturday 27th October, 2018, 7.30pm

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WAR AND PEACE

Mass in Time of War - Haydn

Better is Peace - Jenkins

Eternal Light - Goodall

For their Autumn 2018 concert, the City of Leicester Singers have chosen to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with music on the theme of "war and peace".

The first work to be performed will be Haydn's Mass in Time of War (Missa in tempore belli) also known as Paukenmesse or Drum Mass. This was first performed in Vienna in 1796 at a time when Napoleon's troops were already encamped in Austria. The music in the Agnus Dei evokes the sound of the advancing French armies.

The second work will be Better is Peace the final movement from The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins, a work dedicated to the victims of Kosovo. The mass ends with the affirmation from Revelations that change is possible, that sorrow, pain and death can be overcome.

The final work will be Eternal Light: A Requiem, by Howard Goodall. This was written in 2008 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and it was Goodall's intention to acknowledge the terrible, unbearable loss and emptiness that accompanies the death of loved ones. It is thus, like that of Brahms, a requiem for the living.

Vocal soloists will be Michelle Carlin (soprano), Alison York (contralto), Tom Stanyard (tenor) and Michael Dewis (bass). The concert will be accompanied on the organ by John Pye and on the piano by Emily Turfus, with additional instrumental accompaniment by Alex Rider (harp), Hari and Dipna Trivedi (percussion) and Jenny Bakewell (piccolo). The concert will be conducted by Richard Archer.


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