In Sacred Spaces
Choral Evensong (Worcester Cathedral)
Monday 9 July 2018 at 5:30pm
  Date:  Monday 9 July 2018
  Time: 5.30pm
  Venue:  Worcester Cathedral, College Yard, Worcester, WR1 2LA
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Our regular programme of visiting Sacred Spaces near and far continues, following visits to Lichfield and Peterborough in 2017, and with a visit to Westminster Abbey scheduled for 2019.

We take to Worcester a programme of works which have featured in our recent concerts. Bryan Kelly’s Evening Service in C featured in our concert on Saturday 28 April 2018, in the presence of the composer himself, who had arranged the work for chorus, organ, harp, timpani, and percussion. We sing the work, which is founded upon Latin American rhythms, in its original format for chorus and organ at Evensong. Marcel Dupré’s motet Laudate Dominum was performed in our concert on Saturday 23 June 2018, in a programme of great French choral music, also including works by Alain, Castagnet, Duruflé, Poulenc, and Vierne. This work matches Kelly’s Evening Service in C in its lack of rhythmic inhibition: it is an exultant outburst of praise, with a memorable tune and a virtuoso toccata figuration in the organ accompaniment. Our own Musical Director’s Preces and Responses, composed for the Peterborough Diocesan Choral Festival in 2017, have been sung by the choir on a number of occasions, and provide a moment of calm amongst these festive works.


Northampton Bach Choir

Organist - Ivan Linford
Conductor - Lee Dunleavy
Dunleavy - Preces and Responses (2016)
Kelly - Evening Service in C (1965)
Dupré - Laudate Dominum from Quatre Motets (1916)