Mass to get a jazz feel from chorus

PUBLISHED: 09:58 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 15 June 2010

Getting right up-to-date, the Exeter Festival Chorus is including a jazz setting of the Latin Mass in its summer schedule.

Getting right up-to-date, the Exeter Festival Chorus is including a jazz setting of the Latin Mass in its summer schedule.

Set in Latin and following the structure of the standard six-movement mass, this vibrant setting by the young composer Will Todd is for soprano and Jazz group and is described as having 'a weave of 12-bar blues and up-beat grooves'. It is also said that it reflects the composer's interest in a wide range of jazz music 'from ballad and blues to gospel and beyond in a hybrid style that might be described as religious doctrine meets funk!'

This fascinating work will be accompanied by the Will Todd Jazz Trio and the singer will be soprano Bethany Halliday. The performance takes place in the Barnfield Theatre, at 7.30 pm. on Saturday, June 7.

In their exploration of the mass, the Festival Chorus will also include two of the greatest settings of the Requiem Mass in their programmes. Friday, March 14, at 7.30 pm, brings a performance of Mozart's Requiem to the Cathedral, with soprano Lesley-Jane Rogers, mezzo-soprano Catherine King, tenor Richard Rawsthorne, and bass Hakan Vramsmo, and the Sinfonietta led by Richard Studt.

As their Exeter Festival contribution the chorus will sing the great Requiem of Verdi, with its operatic overtones. On this occasion they are joined by choirs from Rennes (France), Bad Homburg (Germany), and Hanau (Germany). Soloists will be soprano Natalya Kreslina, mezzo-soprano Yvonne Fontane, tenor Wynne Evans, and bass Paul Reeves. The orchestra will be the Bournemouth Symphony. This performance takes place in the Cathedral on Saturday, June 28, at 7.30 pm.

Nigel Perrin conducts all three concerts.

Tickets are available from the Northcott booking office, telephone (01392) 493493, or Exeter Tickets on (01392) 211080.

John Dalton

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