Winchester City Festival Choir concert on 1 February 2020: A Celebration of European Choral Music.

The Winchester City Festival Choir has 88 members. It rehearses on Wednesday evenings in Littleton and in Oliver’s Battery. It will be joined in this concert by a brass ensemble, and the organist Sachin Gunga. The conductor is Graham Kidd.

The programme of music covers European sacred music spanning a period of 150 years. And it visits 6 different countries: in a few cases, the choir sings in the language of that country.

The first half of the concert is a mix of choral classics such as Mozart’s Ave Verum, Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine and Bruckner’s Locus Iste. And they are joined by works which, according to the choir’s conductor, Graham Kidd, deserve to be better know, such as Rossini’s setting of the O Salutaris Hostia. The choir sings a beautiful Cherubic hymn by Glinka and the opening work is by Bach, depicting a funeral procession.

The second half of the concert is the beautiful Mass in D by Dvorak. This work is full of charm and beautifully crafted melodies. It is a great pleasure that members of the choir are taking the short solo sections in this performance.

The choir is supporting Winchester Hospice this year, and representatives of Winchester Hospice will be at the concert for members of the audience wishing to donate to that worthy cause.

For more information please visit their website www.wcfchoir.org.

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