Saturday, 13 July 2013

Young voices performing Britten

The Merbecke Choir, Southwark Cathedral
Tonight (13 July 2013), the Merbecke Choir, director Huw Morgan, is performing at Southwark Cathedral. The concert includes Britten's lovely Hymn to the Virgin written when the composer was still at school, plus the less well known Hymn to St. Peter and Hymn of St. Columba. Morgan's own Four Elements will receive its first complete performance, plus music by Howells, Lassus, Handl and Guerroro. Tickets for the concert are only £7, which seems amazingly good value. 

The Merbecke Choir is Southwark Cathedral's choir for young singers. The choir was formed by the cathedral in 2004 and is intended for boys and girls who leave the Cathedral Choirs, and other young people, who wish to maintain their sight-reading skills and explore a wide range of repertoire. The upper age for membership is 25. They sing Compline on the fourth Sunday of the month at 6.30pm, plus a concert each term. And the name, it comes from the Tudor composer John Merbecke, best known today for his settings for the Book of Common Prayer. Further information from the Merbecke Choir's website.

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