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  • Sun 25 Nov ’18, 2:30pm – 4:15pm


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


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $25.00
  • Seniors: $20.00
  • Children: $5.00

The Linden Singers next concert called ‘Gloria’ promises an eclectic mix of music with something for everyone.

Directed by founder and conductor Basil Brooker, the first half is devoted entirely to Antonio Vivaldi’s most famous choral piece Gloria in D which he composed in Venice around 1715. Vivaldi was a priest, music teacher and virtuoso violist who spent much of his life working at Venice’s Ospedale della Pietà, a convent, orphanage, and music school established as a charitable institution for orphans and abandoned girls in the fourteenth century. It was here that he composed the Gloria for their choir.

Globally the piece remained in a relatively unknown status until its revival in 1939 by Alfredo Casella for the Vivaldi Week celebrations in Siena. The work now enjoys great popularity having been performed at many services and concerts and having been recorded on almost one hundred CDs.

Accompanied by the Cathedral Strings, an ensemble led by Norma Smith which regularly performs with the Waiapu Cathedral Choir in Napier and organist Elizabeth Curtis, Gloria in D also features local soloists Kerry Tattersall and Natalie Stent, sopranos, and counter tenor Anthony Tattersall.

The second half features several 19th century colonial folk songs for SATB choir by retired Anglican Priest Bill Bennett who lives in Napier. Selected from Neil Colquhoun’s Song of a Young Country – an anthology of New Zealand Folk Music, the choir has chosen three for this concert.

The Sweater was the foreman in sewing factories who paid his women employees so little they were forced on to the street, “to earn their bread in sinful ways”. This is followed by Cargo Workers which tells of the work and dangers of being a wharfie and Soon may the Wellerman come is a reference to the firm Weller Brothers who established a whaling station in Otago Harbour suppling whalers with sugar, tea and rum.

A bracket of items in a lighter mood follows starting with a cheerful madrigal In the merry spring composed by Thomas Ravenscroft. This is followed by The Goslings a rather sad song about two goslings who came to an unfortunate end.

Needing no introduction, The Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Harrison Oxley’s arrangement of the part song Soldier, soldier won’t you marry me where a sweet young maid implores her soldier friend to marry her, but her pleading provokes an unforeseen end finish the bracket.

With Christmas approaching the concert concludes with music for the Advent season including the carols Joseph and the angel, The Angel Gabriel and John Rutter’s exciting arrangement of Joy to the World.

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