Choral Concert

Sunday, 26 June at 3.00 pm

These are archived details from 2016 – current details are also available.

Purcell: Ode on St Cecilia’s Day 1692
Handel: Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne

Faye Newton soprano
Tim Mead counter-tenor
David Allsopp counter-tenor
Paul Young tenor
Peter Harvey bass
Stour Festival Choir & Orchestra
Conductor Mark Deller

‘Hail, bright Cecilia’ is the largest and most celebrated of the many odes that Purcell wrote in honour of St Cecilia, “Great Patroness of Us and Harmony!” Purcell depicts the power of music with illustrations of the human voice (’Tis Nature’s Voice), the Airy Violin, the Am’rous Flute and soft Guitar, the warbling Lute, The Fife and all the Harmony of War, and Wondrous Machine, the noble Organ.

One number, at least, from Handel’s less well-known Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, has achieved a degree of popularity in recent years, and that is the opening solo ‘Eternal source of light’, for counter-tenor and trumpet obligato, which is often sung at weddings, albeit more frequently by a soprano.

Tickets:£26£21 (numbered & reserved)£16 (unreserved)

Generously sponsored by Alastair & Diane Hume