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A Petite Musical History

A Petite Musical History

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  • Sun 7 May ’17, 2:30pm – 4:30pm


St Matthew's Anglican Church, 200 King Street South, Hastings


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $20.00
  • Seniors: $15.00
  • Stydents: $10.00

In his 1785 poem, The Task William Cowper wrote: “Variety is the spice of life, that gives it all its flavour” and this has certainly been the case with concerts presented by the Linden Singers.

Themes from their recent concerts have been Modes of Transport, Celebrating Shakespeare, Songs from the Shows, A Journey in Song, Celebrating Nature and The Four Seasons to name but a few.

Their next concert A Petite Musical History being held at St. Matthew’s Church, Hastings on Sunday 7th May starting at 2:30pm explores the various forms of choral music used from Medieval times through to the 21st Century. As the title suggests it’s not a comprehensive look back but rather a brief celebration of music sung in all of the great eras.

As part of the programme, the choir are performing six versions of the popular Anthem Ave Verum Corpus by composers including William Byrd, Mozart, Saint Saëns and a beautiful version composed in 2015 by Englishman Tim Knight. Each represents a great musical era starting with a plainsong version from medieval times. Around each of the different versions, the choir will sing items drawn from that period including part songs, anthems, glees, madrigals and folk songs covering a very wide mixture of styles.

Representing the Renaissance Era, King Henry VIII features with his song Pastime with good company ahead of Come, sirrah Jack, ho! by Thomas Weelkes which extols the virtues of tobacco and Giles Farnaby’s madrigal Pearce did dance with Petronella. From the Baroque Era comes the glee (part song) by Thomas Arne which asks Which is the properest day to sing? Saturday, Sunday, Monday? and the first movement from Handel’s Coronation Anthem The King shall rejoice.

Moving forward the Classical and Romantic Eras are represented by Franz Schubert’s lively part song Lebenslust (Joy of Living), lovely anthem Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace by S.S. Wesley and two beautiful part songs by Gustav Holst and the popular wedding anthem Panis Angelicus by César Franck.

Rounding out the programme is music from the late 20th Century including Glow composed by the Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre and You are the new day by Peter Knight using the famous King’s Singers version.

Guest Artist for the concert is trumpeter Jonathan Krebs who well known to Hawkes Bay audiences. Accompanied by organist James Mist he will play Jeremiah Clarke’s famous Prince of Denmark March better known as the Trumpet Voluntary and another less known but equally stirring Trumpet Voluntary by John Stanley.

The choir will be accompanied by Elizabeth Curtis (piano) and James Mist (organ) and directed by the choir’s founding conductor Basil Brooker.

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