Con­cert primed to be a cracker

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

There will be mu­si­cal fire­works on Novem­ber 5.

The Re­nais­sance Singers, with their own Guy (Don­ald­son) will be per­form­ing a pro­gramme of cracker clas­sics from the great Bri­tish choral song­book.

It will in­clude works by three com­posers from the ‘gun­pow­der, trea­son and plot’ pe­riod of 416 years ago.

Don­ald­son said the Best of Bri­tish con­cert will also be cel­e­brat­ing the choir’s Earle Cre­ativ­ity Trust grant to em­ploy the ser­vices of Chris­tine Ar­gyle, founder of ac­com­plished Welling­ton cham­ber choir, Nota Bene, for the con­cert and a work­shop ses­sion with the choir.

One of New Zealand’s most ex­pe­ri­enced choral singers and con­duc­tors, the for­mer Con­cert FM pre­sen­ter, and cur­rent man­ager of the New Zealand String Quar­tet, will share con­duct­ing du­ties with Don­ald­son.

Satur­day’s Best of Bri­tish con­cert in­cludes a madri­gal, early church mu­sic, folk songs, art songs, as well as a witty nurs­ery song ar­range­ment.

Most of the con­cert will be per­formed with­out in­stru­men­tal ac­com­pa­ni­ment.

That won’t be the case for the fi­nal num­ber though, and John Rut­ter’s stir­ring Glo­ria with its high en­ergy or­gan ac­com­pa­ni­ment, played by Palmer­ston North ex-pat Jonathan Berkahn, should pro­vide the Guy Fawkes night oc­ca­sion with a fit­ting crescendo.

‘‘We’ll go out with a bang,’’ Don­ald­son said.

The Best of Bri­tish is on Satur­day at 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church on Ruahine St in Ter­race End.

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