St Albans Choral Society presents works by three contemporary musicians

James Francis Brown

James Francis Brown - Credit: Archant

A performance of works by three contemporary musicians alongside the popular Fauré Requiem makes up the next concert from St Albans Choral Society.

Sally Beamish

Sally Beamish - Credit: Archant

It is being held at 7.30pm next Saturday, November 12, in St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane, and as well as the Requiem will feature the work of James Francis Brown, Sally Beamish and David Matthews.

The first half will feature the English premiere of James Francis Brown’s The Heavens and the Heart, a setting of three Latin psalms for mixed chorus and small orchestra of horns, harp and strings. The society commissioned the piece jointly with the 2016 Presteigne Festival, with funding from the Williams Church Music Trust and the Arts Council of Wales.

Continuing the Old Testament theme is David Matthews’ version of Psalm 23, The Lord is My Shepherd. The third contemporary work is Sally Beamish’s Showings, which is based on the visions of the 14th century Christian mystic and theologian Julian of Norwich.

Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem will fill the second half, with solos by two young singers, baritone Edward Kay, and soprano Sophie Edwards, whose performance of the Pie Jesu won praise at this year’s Presteigne Festival.

David Matthews

David Matthews - Credit: Archant

George Vass will conduct the choir and Orchestra Nova.

Tickets are available at £18 (£15 concessions), £15 (£12 concessions) and £1 children from SACS Ticket Line on 07555 610095 or from members of the choir.