This Saturday, 3 November, I’m going to be singing Patrick Hawes’ Te Deum in Rochester Cathedral as a member of Rochester Choral Society. The Jubilation Concert, as it’s called, is going to be extra-special, as we’ve the privilege of performing the UK Première of Patrick’s work.
Patrick will be conducting the work at the concert. He came to Rochester to take a rehearsal recently and it was marvellous. To have the real-life guidance of the composer of a piece of music doesn’t happen very often since the composers are usually long dead!
There’s a World Première, too, of Mosaique Sonata for Organ Duet. The organists are ‘ Roger Sayer (our musical director) and Charles Andrews. So if you’re in the area next saturday, 3 November, the performance starts at
7 pm. COME ALONG! We’re also singing Walton‘s Coronation Te Deum (composed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth (II)) and Parry’s I Was Glad and Blest Pair of Sirens (or as one of my fellow choralists calls it – Best Pair of Nylons). The Parry pieces were performed during the wedding ceremony of Prince William and Kate Middleton.