Evening of music by Elgar in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 14:53 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:24 15 June 2010

Seaton Choral Society will be performing a mixture of the sacred and secular, including several of Edward Elgar s shorter masterpieces which will be familiar to many in its next concert.

Seaton Choral Society will be performing a mixture of the sacred and secular, including several of Edward Elgar's shorter masterpieces which will be familiar to many in its next concert. It will open with Give unto the Lord, a spectacular setting of words from Psalm 29. This is followed by examples of his most eloquent writing: the Ave Verum and Ave Maria - humble expressions of faith, intimate and moving in their apparent simplicity. In between them comes a Benedictus, which starts modestly but leads to a glorious explosion of sound in the Gloria.

Next come Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands, a collection of pieces inspired by several holidays Elgar spent in Bavaria. He composed parodies of the folk styles that he heard there; a variety of light-hearted, good-humoured, dance-like songs which make a perfect end to the first half of the programme.

After the interval come three attractive part songs, including My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land, which asks some of the choir to turn themselves into a guitar accompaniment! The much-loved As Torrents in Summer and a lesser-known but equally touching piece, The Shower, complete this group, after which comes the main work, The Music Makers.

Accompanying honours, when required, will be shared between piano and organ. Composer and musical all-rounder Nicholas Brown will alternate between the two, and the much admired accompanist Michèle Banting will will play for Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands. The Music Makers also requires a fine mezzo-soprano soloist, and the society is lucky to have persuaded Rebecca Smith to make a return visit for the occasion. Rebecca made a very exciting contribution to the society's performance of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in 2007. As always Leslie Baker, the society's musical director, who has devised and prepared the programme, will conduct.

The concert is set to take place on Saturday, May 9, at Seaton's Methodist Church, starting at 7.30pm.

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