The Lydians are delighted to present their next concert: Behold, the King and Queen in August this year.
We will be performing a variety of music written for Kings and Queens – for their weddings, coronations and celebrations. The concert will include music written about Kings and Queens, as well as songs composed by King Henry VIII, and the popular music band Queen. The music will span 4 centuries, including our own. It will be heroic, dramatic, melancholic, spherical and satirical!
The Lydians, under the baton of our new Musical Director Katharina Raffelsberger, will be delighted to present a variety of beautiful music on the theme of New Beginnings.
Highlights on the program will be:
Gloria in D, RV589, by Antonio Vivaldi and
German Magnificat, SWV426 by Heinrich Schütz.
The Lydians will also present two songs from Ola Gjeilo, whose Sunrise Mass inspired us at Christmas, and two from Karl Jenkins – the Ave Verum from his Stabat Mater, and his Cantate Domino. Some shorter works of Mozart, Handel and Bach will also feature in the program. This is a program not to be missed! Our audience should look forward to new challenges, new surprises, and new delights from The Lydians in 2019.
Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) is a Norwegian composer who exploded on the choral scene in 2007. His masterwork for double SATB chorus and string orchestra, the Sunrise Mass was commissioned in 2007 by Tore Erik Mohn for performance by two combined choruses, Majorstua Kammerkor and Kammerkoret Nova, and was premiered on November 2, 2008. Since then, the Mass has been presented in concerts across the world to grand acclamation.
The “Bard of Avon,” William Shakespeare (ca. 1564–1616), has made arguably the greatest contribution to English literature of any single person in history. It is no surprise then that many composers have set his texts to music: from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” to Verdi’s opera “Otello” to Duke Ellington’s song cycle “Such Sweet Thunder.”
For this concert, the Shoalhaven Lydian Singers have made a selection of choral works from various composers who have used the words of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets for the text of their compositions. The program will include pieces such as You Spotted Snakes by Felix Mendelssohn, Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind by John Rutter, If Music Be the Food of Love by Henry Purcell, Double, Double Toil and Trouble by Jaako Mantyjarvi, plus a jazz setting by George Shearing of Six Songs and Sonnets by William Shakespeare.