Forthcoming Concerts

Thursday & Friday December 14th and 15th: Bach Christmas Oratorio (parts 1-3) & Handel Foundling Hospital Anthem - includes the Hallelujah chorus)

Cadogan Hall
Start Time: 19:30

Title(s): Bach and Handel

Composer:
Choir: Barts Choir
Orchestra: Trafalgar Sinfonia
Conductor: Ivor Setterfield


Bach's oratorio is in six parts, At this performance we'll be singing three. Each part is intended for performance on one of the major feast days of the Christmas period. The piece is often presented split into parts. 

The first part (for Christmas Day) describes the Birth of Jesus, the second (for December 26) the annunciation to the shepherds, the third (for December 27) the adoration of the shepherds, the fourth (for New Year's Day) the circumcision and naming of Jesus, the fifth (for the first Sunday after New Year) the journey of the Magi, and the sixth (for Epiphany) the adoration of the Magi

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Thursday 17th May 2018: Belshazzar’s Feast at Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall
Start Time: 19:30

Title(s): Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast, Respighi: Pines of Rome, Parry: I was Glad, Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe suite 2

Composer: William Walton
Choir: Barts Choir
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Ivor Setterfield


Belshazzar’s Feast is cast in one continuous movement divided into three sections, each linked by an unaccompanied solo baritone recitative. The first section deals with Elijah’s prophecy concerning the enslavement of the Jews, and laments the loss of Jerusalem. A baritone recitative then describes the splendour of Babylon, whilst hinting also at its decadence. The second section is a wonderfully colourful portrayal of the lavish feast and parade of gods, and the outrage of the Jews at the desecration of their holy vessels. The second recitative is one of the most dramatic parts of the whole work, with a spine-chilling depiction of the writing on the wall, which is followed by the sudden death of Belshazzar, reinforced by the famous choral shout, ‘Slain!’ – a Walton masterstroke. The final section is a song of praise celebrating the fall of Babylon, with nevertheless a brief lament for its passing. The work culminates in a triumphant final ‘Alleluia’. -John Bawden

 

 

 

 

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May, Philharmonia Orchestra,

 

Walton:

 

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s Feast, Respighi: Pines of Rome, Parry: I was Glad, Ravel: Daphnis

 

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