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Gloucester celebrates Britten centenary with festival of music
11:57am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Tewkesbury
Four Gloucestershire organizations have joined forces to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth in 2013 through a series of recitals and concerts in Gloucester city centre.
Cheltenham Bach Choir, Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Gloucester Choral Society and Gloucester Music Society will be presenting events from October to December, ranging from intimate song recitals to a large-scale community opera involving 200 children.
Cumulatively, the four groups have a history of 793 years of music-making in Gloucestershire. Although This is the first time they have worked together to promote a series of concerts in this way. By pooling their ideas and resources, they hope to attract flocks of music lovers to the city from every part of Gloucestershire, up from Bristol and from over the border in Wales.
Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester Choral Society, Adrian Partington said: “Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest British musicians of any age, who tried to involve everybody in music making. We are proud to be remembering him here at Gloucester Cathedral throughout the year.”
The events in the festival are: Saturday 12 October 11.00am CATHEDRAL COFFEE CONCERT In the Chapter House, Gloucester Cathedral Performed by Steve Gibbs – 8 String Classical Guitar Saturday 19 October & Sunday 20 October 7.00pm at Gloucester Cathedral NOYE’S FLUDDE Performed by members of the Cathedral Youth Choir, Cathedral Junior Choir, local school children, the children’s orchestras from Gloucester Academy of Music and the Performing Arts, members of the Welsh National Opera, and members of the English Symphony Orchestra.
Thursday 24 October 7.30pm at St Mary de Lode, Gloucester LACHRYMAE performed by the Karadys Duo.
Friday 8 November 7.00pm At Blackfriars DISCOVERING THE BACKGROUND TO THE WAR REQUIEM A pre-concert talk by Stephen Johnson (BBC Radio 3), and recital performed by James Gilchrist and Adrian Partington.
Saturday 9 November - 11.00am At Gloucester Cathedral ABRAHAM AND ISAAC Performed by countertenor Stephen Power and tenor Peter Harris Thursday 14 November 7.30pm At St Mary de Lode Programme to include BRITTEN STRING QUARTET NO. 3 performed by the Fitzwilliam Quartet.
Saturday 16 November 7.00pm At Gloucester Cathedral WAR REQUIEM Performed by Gloucester and Bristol Choral Societies, with the Cathedral Choir Choristers and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Saturday 23 November 7.00pm At Gloucester Cathedral ST NICOLAS CANTATA and “IN MEMORIAM BENJAMIN BRITTEN” by Arvo Pärt Performed by the Cheltenham Bach Choir with Gloucester Cathedral Choristers and the Regency Sinfonia.
Sunday 9 December 4.00pm At Gloucester Cathedral A CEREMONY OF CAROLS A free candlelit performance by the Choristers of Gloucester Cathedral Choir accompanied by harpist Eluned Pierce.
For further details of all the events in the festival please visit www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk
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