Cantilena concerts

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:37 15 June 2010

The Christmas season promises a busy time for Broadclyst-based choir Cantilena.

The Christmas season promises a busy time for Broadclyst-based choir Cantilena.They start on Saturday, November 29, with Teatime Treats, at 3 pm, in Silverton Community Hall. This will be a fairly light-hearted affair with popular songs and modern arrangements, but there will be a serious interlude with the Spirituals from Michael Tippett's best known and most popular work A Child of Our Time. Tea is included with this concert, all for £5, with accompanied children going free.The Church of St James, Exeter, is the venue for their next concert, at 7.30pm, on Thursday, December 18. Michael Tippett's Spirituals will again be included, but there will also be carols arranged by the choir's new conductor, Jonathan Lee. The main work, however, will be a setting of Psalm 100 by the German composer Heinrich SchŸtz.Written during the period 1619-23, to the words Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, this setting employs two equal choirs, with a distinctive use of 'echoes' from the second.For this concert tickets, at £7 and £5, will be available at the door.Finally, Monday, December 22 will see the choir singing carols at the New Inn, Broadclyst.For all these concerts the choir will be in the charge of its very well qualified new conductor Jonathan Lee who studied at University College, Chichester, majoring in composition, choral direction and jazz performance. He moved to Exeter to read for a PhD in composition and now teaches music students at the university. He is also musicianship and vocal coach for Stage by Stage musical theatre school.Further information about all these events may be obtained by ringing (01404) 550314.John Dalton

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