Trans-Atlantic influences

PUBLISHED: 18:25 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 15 June 2010

The New World of North America will be coming to Broadclyst on Saturday, May 17, when the local group of singers, Cantilena, present a lunchtime concert in the Parish Church.

The New World of North America will be coming to Broadclyst on Saturday, May 17, when the local group of singers, Cantilena, present a lunchtime concert in the Parish Church.

For the past year the choir has come under the influence of its dynamic young Canadian conductor Ian Sutherland who has introduced them to a lot of music from his home country. Unfortunately, their partnership is about to end as he moves to London to further his studies. This will be his last concert with the group and its members will, no doubt, miss his enthusiasm - and his trans-Atlantic musical terminology.

The main work in the programme will be Canadian composer Eleanor Daley's Requiem which will be receiving what is thought to be only its second British performance, and certainly its first in Devon. Copies of the music had to be imported especially for the occasion.

Other New World pieces will include a range of spirituals and gospel songs featuring arrangements by Moses Hogan. These will include such familiar pieces as Down by the Riverside and Battle of Jericho, alongside those less well-known like Ezekial Saw the Wheel.

This will be a lunchtime concert, starting at 12.30pm, with a format that includes a buffet during the interval.

Tickets, at £6 (£1 for children), may be obtained by ringing (01404) 850314.

John Dalton

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