GloriousBaroqueWells CathedralSaturday 28 July 2007at 7pmSomerset ChamberChoirOver the years the choir has firmly established itselfas among the bestCanzonaOne of today’s most distinguished ensemblesSophie BevanDaniel AuchinclossHåkan VramsmoTheresa CaudleJean PatersonGraham CaldbecksopranotenorbaritoneviolinviolinconductorHandelOde for St Cecilia’s DayD ScarlattiLalandeRegina CoeliBachIste confessor; Te DeumDouble Violin ConcertoNun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 61ADVANCE BOOKING ADVISEDBOX OFFICE 01275 349010www.somersetchamberchoir.org.uk
The PerformersOver two decades, the Somerset Chamber Choir has built a finereputation for first class music-making, performing regularly with theUK’s finest vocal soloists and instrumentalists. Conductor, GrahamCaldbeck, who is one of Britain’s leading choral conductors, alsoconducts Nonsuch Singers (“one of London’s best chamber choirs”The Times). Joining the choir will be an exciting trio of young, awardwinningvocal soloists and the period-instrument orchestra Canzona,Ensemble-in-Residence at Magdalen College, Oxford.The MusicGlorious Baroque celebrates the brilliant music of four musicalgiants of the age from Germany, France, Italy and England: Bach,Lalande, Domenico Scarlatti and Handel, with music ranging fromthe most delicate of string writing and intimate solo arias, through tothe magnificent sound of full choir with baroque trumpets anddrums.In Bach’s uplifting Advent cantata, Nun komm, der Heiden HeilandBWV 61, the young composer embraces all the latest musicalfashions and from the French overture, to the final rousing Amen, themood is one of eager anticipation and joy. The famous Double ViolinConcerto contains some of Bach’s most vigorous music andbeguiling melodies and our two brilliant solo violinists will bring thisgreat music alive in this wonderful building.This year marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of the renownedFrench composer Michel-Richard de Lalande, an important figure atLouis XIV’s court at Versailles. His grand motet Regina Cœli includesmany features to charm the listener, including buoyant dancerhythms, rich harmonies and colourful orchestration.Handel composed his famous setting of one of Dryden’s greatpoems to the Patron Saint of music in 1739. Ode for St Cecilia’s Dayis full of the most picturesque, fanciful and imaginative music,exploiting the virtuosity and expressiveness of a succession ofinstruments: the ‘cello, the flute, the violins, the organ (St Cecilia’s owninstrument) and, of course, the trumpet in the famous solo andchorus “The trumpet’s loud clangour”. The Ode is full of the mostvibrant and engaging music which has ensured its wide popularity tothe present day.1685 was certainly a remarkable year as Bach, Handel andScarlatti were all born within twelve months of each other, and eachwas to exert a significant influence on the art of European music.Although chiefly known for his brilliant keyboard works, Scarlatti alsowrote a number of rarely heard but captivating choral pieces, andIste Confessor and Te Deum are two of the finest of these.Magnificent music by four of the greatest Baroque composers - bookyour tickets today and enjoy the splendour of this occasion in thelovely setting of Wells Cathedral.‘It is a tribute to the versatility of this choir, and itsconductor, that they can perform such innovative andvaried programmes to such a high standard.’SOMERSET COUNTY GAZETTEBox office: 01275 349010 (advance booking advised)19 Coleridge Vale Road East, Clevedon, BS21 6NS£25, £20, £15, £12.50 (reserved)£10, £7.50 (side aisles unreserved)All major credit & debit cards acceptedFriends of the choir have priority bookingFuture concertsSunday 30 September 2007 at 3pmThe Church of All Saintswith St SaviourAll Saints Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 2NLCelestial SoundsBeautiful choral classics from Germany,Austria and ItalyA concert in aid of Cancer Research UKSunday 6 January 2008 at 3pmKing’s College Chapel,South Road, Taunton TA1 3LAFar beyondthe starsA century of Great British choral musicincluding works by Stanford, Elgar,Parry, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Britten,Howells and WaltonSinging with Somerset Chamber ChoirIf you would like to sing with us we shouldlove to hear from you. The Choir wasfounded by former members of theSomerset Youth Choir and runs six rehearsalweekends every year, performing concerts atthe end of three of these. It is well known forits innovative and varied programmes,performed to a very high standard. Weplace a strong emphasis on encouragingyoung people to join our ranks and currentlywe have vacancies in most voice parts.Please apply through our website or e-mailthe choir email@example.comSomerset Chamber ChoirRegistered Charity 1003687President: Lady GassVice-presidents: Sir David Willcocks, Chris Cutting,Benjamin Luxon, Adrian MaleThe right is reserved, without incurring liability, to substitute artistsand to vary programmes for reasons beyond our control, althoughthese details are correct at the time of going to press.