Join us today as we greet the midsummer sunset with a concert of unaccompanied songs, old and new. The Cathedral Cantata Choir will be standing on the steps of the Cathedral, looking down Hope Street, from 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. Help us celebrate the solstice with music and laughter. We hope you will find tunes you know and love plus some you’ve never heard before. You might even feel like joining in!
Here’s what we have in store:
- Locus Iste – This place is Holy. An anthem by Anton Bruckner . Hear it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm1jfmbPM-A
- Sally in our Alley – An arrangement of an English song from 1725 by our chairman, John Moseley. Many of you will know him as Moz, long-time Head of Music at St Edward’s College, the Cathedral’s choir school.
- The Cuckoo – An arrangement of a traditional folk song by Richard Lea, the Cathedral’s Organist, written in the style of the great English composer, Vaughan Williams. This one is a great favourite with the choir, who will be singing it again at our next big concert on July 6th in the Cathedral at 7:30 when our Orchestra leader, Leo Byrne will be soloist in Vaughan Williams’ wonderful piece, The Lark Ascending.
- Hail Redeemer. Well it is a Cathedral, so we thought we’d sing a hymn. This one is the Cathedral’s own, used at many big services. If you know it, sing along.
- God be in my Head. Remember this one from school, maybe? It’s a beautiful, short reflective song, arranged for us tonight by our conductor, Mike Stubbs.
- A soldier’s Farewell. This piece was written for us by John Moseley. It tells of a young boy, maybe 17, who’s going away to war. There are no heroics here, just sadness at everything he has to leave, including his best girl.
- The Long Day Closes. This Victorian piece by Sullivan (that’s right, the one from Gilbert and Sullivan) is a far cry from the fun and nonsense of those operettas. Instead, it’s a sombre piece contemplating the end of life as the end of a calm day. You might even shed a tear.
- So, to bring you back to sunshine and laughter, we have a new arrangement of Morecombe and Wise’s popular Bring Me Sunshine, written especially for tonight by Mike Stubbs. This song is the theme of the day and will be heard in many versions in many places. We can guarantee this will be the only performance of this version, though, because it’s getting it’s first outing tonight. Come along and join us around 8.30. You, too, could be the Shirley Bassey figure on the steps. Don’t forget your boots!
Find out more about us and our regular concert season at www.cathedralconcerts.org.uk
Don’t forget, our next big concert will be on July 6th in the Cathedral. Get your tickets here. https://www.cathedralconcerts.org.uk/concerts.html
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