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Little Britten

Little Britten

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  • Wed 20 Mar ’13, 7:00pm


Holy Trinity Cathedral, Cnr Parnell Rd & St Stephen's Ave, Parnell


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $39.00
  • Friend/conc/group: $34.00

Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
New Zealand Youth Choir

Auckland Arts Festival 2013 has invited New Zealand‘s finest choirs to raise the roof of Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral for a special concert on 20 March. Performing an array of choral works by one of the 20th century’s leading composers, Benjamin Britten, and conducted by the esteemed Dr Karen Grylls and David Squire, the award-winning Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir and the New Zealand Youth Choir will join forces to mark the centenary of Britten’s birth.

Opening what promises to be a truly moving programme is the meditative A Hymn to the Virgin, one of the earliest examples of Britten’s church music. Other highlights include respected organist James Tibbles (also appearing in the Auckland Arts Festival’s Coffee with Mr Bach) who will be giving the New Zealand premiere of Voluntary on Tallis’ Lamentations, a recently discovered Britten organ solo. Tibbles will also be playing Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria, the most popular of Britten’s organ works. Later, Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir will be performing one of Britten’s last completed works, Sacred and Profane for unaccompanied voices in five parts, and Britten’s Five Flower Songs.

To conclude the programme, both choirs will come together for a glorious rendition of Britten’s Festival Te Deum, accompanied by James Tibbles on the organ.

Hymn to the Virgin;
Rejoice in the Lamb;
Voluntary on Tallis’ Lamentations;
Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria;
Sacred and Profane;
Five Flower Songs;
Festival Te Deum.

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