Past Concerts

Mass of the Children, Rutter

Sunday 8 May 2011, 08/05/2011

St. Dunstan’s Church in Mayfield was filled with the sound of young voices on Sunday 8th May when local school children joined the Mayfield Festival Choir in a performance of John Rutter’s Mass of the Children.

Janáček: Otčenáš
O’Regan: Dorchester Canticles
Arnold: Three Shanties, Op 4
Copland: Simple Gifts
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Rutter: Mass of the Children

St. Dunstan’s Church in Mayfield was filled with the sound of young voices on Sunday 8th May when local school children joined the Mayfield Festival Choir in a performance of John Rutter’s Mass of the Children.

 

Skipper’s Hill Manor Concert Choir and St. Dunstan’s Intermediate Choir (featuring pupils from Mayfield Primary School) took the stage to sing the children’s parts of the Mass, which was written by Rutter to give children the opportunity to perform alongside adult choirs, and which for some children marked their first experience of singing with an orchestra. During the evening also the children from Skippers Hill Manor School gave a faultless performance of Aaron Copland’s dancing song ‘Simple Gifts’ to the packed audience.

Talented post-graduate students from London’s Royal Academy of Music also joined the Festival Choir to deliver a vibrant and ambitious programme of music, which required the Choir to sing in Czech, Hebrew and Latin under the direction of leading choral conductor Graham Caldbeck. Soloists included tenor Stuart Jackson in a moving performance of Janácek’s Otcenáš; Leo Tomita, who sang the countertenor part in Bernstein’s popular Chichester Psalms and soprano Jennifer France singing alongside baritone Charles Rice, whose home is in Wadhurst. St Dunstan’s Director of Music Andrew Benians played the virtuoso organ parts.

London Primavera, one of Britain’s finest orchestras, provided a colourful addition, featuring only the wind, brass and percussion sections on this occasion. The large, appreciative audience enjoyed its rhythmic percussion and distinctive harp accompaniment, in addition to a performance of Sir Malcolm Arnold’s humorous and catchy instrumental piece Three Shanties for Wind Quartet Op.4.

For its next concert on Sunday 20th November the Mayfield Festival Choir – which has received much acclaim for successfully delivering this challenging programme – will invoke St. Cecilia through the works of Purcell and Handel.

Kate Sanday

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