Edwardian Concert

Sir Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell will form part of the programme from The Esterhazy Choir when they perform their concert of Edwardian church music on Sunday night. It promises to be a night of big, emotive anthems. Parry’s Song of Farewell No. 4 gives a flavour of what’s in store when it declares:
“There is an old belief, that on some solemn shore,
Beyond the sphere of grief, dear friends shall meet once more.”
Also on the programme will be Stanford’s Magnificat in B flat; three additional motets from Stanford; Edward W. Naylor’s Vox dicentis: clama (The voice of one saying, cry out) a song one critic describes as having ‘rock-like splendour’ and some Gershwin piano improvisations.

Joanna Stephens of The Esterhazy Choir states that the choir’s uniqueness lies in the fact that “we place a great emphasis on a cappella singing.” She adds “we are all amateurs and work incredibly hard. This concert is full of big trumpety anthems which are a joy to sing.” Having taken its name from Haydn’s chief patrons, the Esterhazy family, the Esterhazy Choir was formed in 1993, comprises 24 singers and is based in Lewes. The group’s repertoire spans four centuries of sacred and secular music. A characteristic of the choir is that it usually performs in 'quartets' rather than the traditional blocks of singers in voice parts - a technique designed to heighten both the audience's and the singers' enjoyment of the music. KA

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Esterhazy Choir: Church music like you’ve never heard before
St Mary’s Church, Ringmer
When? 7.30pm
How Much? £12 /£8

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