• The Lydians’ next two concerts will be both different and exciting – although at Christmas we will still include some familiar and popular carols. Booking facilities and contact information will be available from 1st June 2018 .

  • 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.

  • This program will include a selection of traditional and well-loved carols, but the highlight will be the Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo.

    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.