Concert primed to be a cracker
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.