Lend an ear to Harpenden singers' Lenten concert

MUSIC for Lent is being performed by the Harpenden-based community chamber choir the Lea Singers on Saturday night. The concert at St Nicholas Church in Harpenden and conducted by James Sherlock consists of evocative early and present-day music for choir

MUSIC for Lent is being performed by the Harpenden-based community chamber choir the Lea Singers on Saturday night.

The concert at St Nicholas Church in Harpenden and conducted by James Sherlock consists of evocative early and present-day music for choir and cello including a world premiere by composer-pianist Peter Foggitt which is being given its first-ever performance in the town.

Entitled Reflections: Music for Lent, the concert is framed by two of Bach's great motets and considers how composers, both old and new, have approached the texts O Vos Omnes and O Sacrum Convivium interwoven with cello works.

Newly commissioned to form a focal point of the journey, Peter Foggitt's Media Vita combines the forces of choir and cello. Peter, who graduated from King's College, Cambridge, just four years ago, has made a career as a multi-talented composer, improviser, pianist, singer and conductor.


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Cellist James Barralet, who made his Wigmore Hall debut last year and his Purcell Room debut the year before, will be interspersing Bach's Sixth solo cello suite and Messiaen's solo cello music with transcendent choral music by Holst, Lheritier, Gesualdo, Casals, Tallis, Messiaen and two Bach motets.

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7.30pm, are �13 with concessions �11, available from the box office on 01582 761246 where there is �1 off if booked and paid for in advance.

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