Up-beat concert

PUBLISHED: 12:59 06 May 2010 | UPDATED: 01:13 16 June 2010

SEATON Choral Society, with the Axe Vale Orchestra will be performing Schubert s Mass in A Flat and Mendelssohn s Lauda Sion, later this month. This promises to be a fulfilling, thoroughly up-beat concert. Born 12 years apart, the working

Up-beat concert

SEATON Choral Society, with the Axe Vale Orchestra will be performing Schubert's Mass in A Flat and Mendelssohn's Lauda Sion, later this month.

This promises to be a fulfilling, thoroughly up-beat concert. Born 12 years apart, the working lives of both Schubert and Mendelssohn straddled the magic period from 1815 to 1847 when "classical" blossomed into "romantic"; when the serenity, symmetry and confidence we associate with the word "classical" blazed forth into the more dramatic and unpredictable "romantic" style of writing. Many would argue that this development produced some of the finest and best-loved music that we know, and the two works to be performed in this concert are superb examples.

Schubert responds to the Latin text of the Mass in a way which is utterly at the service of the words. Unexpected key changes, dynamic contrasts and rapid changes of texture are all used to great effect. The final Amen chorus is thrillingly affirmative, and would crown the climax of any large scale choral work.

In his heartfelt and full-blooded Lauda Sion, Mendelssohn, more often associated with his devotion to Bach and the Protestant sacred tradition, gives the chorus its head with a setting in melodious Italianate style.

There's a splendid line-up of soloists: Christine Marsden, Carolyn Harries and Tony Yates are already established favourites; the tenor Iain MacLeod-Jones, a Vicar Choral at Wells Cathedral will be singing with the society for the first time.

The Axe Vale Orchestra is now playing regularly and is increasingly in demand, both for its own concerts and for accompanying choirs. The performance will be conducted by the highly-regarded and versatile musical director of the society, Leslie Baker.

The performance will begin at 7.30pm, on Saturday, May 15. Tickets/programme cost £9 from Brainwave, in Seaton, (under 18s free) or on the door. Enquiries to (01297) 553335.

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