CANCELLED - Wellington Choral Society Concert - Jenkins and Faure

Church of St John the Baptist, High Street, Wellington, TA21 8QY

27 Mar 2021

CANCELLED - Wellington Choral Society Concert - Jenkins and Faure


Wellington Choral Society is an amateur choir, established in 1940 but with its roots in the mid-nineteenth century. Our members are mainly drawn from Wellington and the surrounding parishes. There are currently around eighty members and our repertoire runs from the baroque and classical periods to the present day.  We perform two main concerts each year with professional soloists and orchestra, in late November and late March, and these are usually held in St John’s Church, Wellington.

The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins
This mass was composed by the Welsh composer, Karl Jenkins and was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations, to mark the museum's move from London to Leeds, and it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis.  It is essentially an anti-war piece and is based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources, principally the 15th-century folk song L'homme arme in the first and last movements and the Muslim call to prayer, and ancient religious texts. It was written for chorus with soloists and a symphonic orchestra. It is a very moving work. It was premiered at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2000. Many sections of the work are worthy of close examination – not least the Agnus Dei and the Sanctus – but it’s the haunting Benedictus that captivates listeners to the greatest extent, and is most well known. Jenkins’s writing for soulful cello is sublime and the heavenly choral accompaniment truly transports you to another place.

Faure Requiem
In his seven-section Requiem, the French composer Gabriel Fauré distilled some of the most beautiful melodies he ever composed..  The choral orchestral setting of the shortened Catholic Mass doe the Dead in Latin is the best-known of his large works. Its focus is on eternal rest and consolation. Fauré's reasons for composing the work are unclear, but do not appear to have had anything to do with the death of his parents in the mid-1880s. He composed the work in the late 1880s and revised it in the 1890s, finishing it in 1900. Fauré wrote of the work, "Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest." The piece premiered in its first version in 1888 in La Madeleine in Paris for a funeral mass.

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**This concert has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak**



CANCELLED - Wellington Choral Society Concert - Jenkins and Faure
Church of St John the Baptist
High Street
TA21 8QY
United Kingdom


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