On the evening of Saturday 1 July the Cecilia International Choir of The Hague is presenting a concert of 20th century English church music with John Rutter’s version of the Magnificat as the main work on the programme. The concert will take place at the Nieuwe Badkapel church in Scheveningen where the choir will be accompanied by professional soloists, organist and chamber orchestra.
Tickets for the concert, which include interval refreshment, cost 18.00 euros if purchased in advance or 20.00 euros if purchased at the door on the evening of the concert. For young people in full-time education, the price is only 10 euros.
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Rutter completed his Magnificat in 1990 when a first performance was given in New York. The work is based on Mary’s joyful celebration on hearing that she was to give birth to Christ, supplemented by musical settings of other texts associated with the virgin. Of special interest is the second movement: “Of a Rose, a lovely Rose”, an anonymous English poem based on the early church tradition of using this flower as a reference to Mary. Other composers featured in the programme are David Willcocks, Herbert Howells, Gustav Holst and Edward Elgar, all of whom have a special affinity with the musical traditions of the Anglican Church.
The solo parts will be sung by the Dutch soprano Jeannette van Schaik and the Bulgarian tenor Georgi Sztojanov. David Schlaffke, who works with the choir at its Christmas concerts, will provide the organ accompaniment required for many of these pieces. The chamber orchestra will comprise members of the Holland Orkest Combinatie. Overall direction of the soloists, choir, organ and orchestra will be in the hands of the choir’s talented Greek conductor Angeliki Ploka.
The Cecilia International Choir is a mixed voice group of approximately 75 singers. Starting in 1976 as the British Choir, it gradually attracted both local Dutch members and expatriates from many different cultures who wanted to enjoy singing in an English speaking environment which process led it to adopt its current name. For over 40 years the choir has warmly welcomed singers from all over the world.
For more information go to www.cecilia-choir.com