Tuesday, 17 January 2012

A Right Royal Year

It seems to me that 2012 is Britain's Big Year. What with the Olympics and the Royal Jubilee, we are all rooting for Blighty!

And Cantilena is no exception! Our Spring and Summer concerts will both have a royal theme.

To start with the Spring. One of England's greatest ever composers was Henry Purcell. He died at the age of 36 and was a great loss to our  culture. Much of his music he wrote whilst in employment at the Chapel Royal. This ranges from the delightfully light-hearted "My Beloved Spake" to the penitential "Suffer us not, Lord" and the sorrowing funeral pieces he wrote for Queen Mary's death in December 1694.

Cantilena will be performing a selection of Chapel Royal pieces and combining with soloists, strings and organ, plus a trumpet for the "Te Deum" and "Jubilate" to make this a real treat.

Put the date in your diary - more details to follow:

"Sing unto the Lord" Music by Henry Purcell for the Chapel Royal
7.30 pm, Saturday 24 March 2012  at St Mary's Church, Glastonbury