Rich pickings at St Saviour's Church, St Albans

PUBLISHED: 10:36 26 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:03 06 May 2010

LUSH 19th-century choral work, Stainer s Crucifixion, is being performed by the church choir at St Saviour s in Sandpit Lane, St Albans, at 6pm next Sunday, April 5. The work includes rich choruses and lyrical solos for the Narrator (Philip Salmon), Jesus

LUSH 19th-century choral work, Stainer's Crucifixion, is being performed by the church choir at St Saviour's in Sandpit Lane, St Albans, at 6pm next Sunday, April 5.

The work includes rich choruses and lyrical solos for the Narrator (Philip Salmon), Jesus (Michael Chambers) and the key figures in the Passion of Christ. It is interspersed with five hymns to include the congregation in the performance.

Stainer composed the work in 1887 and the libretto was written by W.J. Sparrow Simpson.

Both Philip Salmon, who has sung roles with all the major British opera companies, and Michael Chambers, who has sung with the original Cambridge Singers and locally with the Brocket Consort, live in St Albans.

The choir will be joined by a number of additional singers and conducted by Dr Tony Wigram, accompanied on the organ by Alex Hall.


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