Bakewell Choral Society to serve up the full English

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Bakewell Choral Society will be performing John Rutter’s Requiem in Matlock on March 25.

The programme also features Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens and Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs.

The concert will be held in Matlock Methodist Church, Oak Road, Matlock.

The Requiem was first performed in 1985 at the United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas, conducted by the composer.

Though it naturally has its dark moments, the work is unmistakably optimistic in its message of hope and comfort, and it is not entirely surprising that after the tragic events of 9/11 it was this setting of the Requiem that was the preferred choice of music at the many memorial services which followed across the United States.

With the inclusion of works by Parry and Vaughan Williams, this promises to be a wonderful evening of English music.

The choir is fortunate to be joined by soloists Ella Taylor, soprano and Andrew Heighton, baritone.

They will be accompanied by South Yorkshire Sympony Orchestra and Peter Heginbotham on the organ.

Tickets £12, accompanied children and students free, from Bakewell Bookshop, choir members and on the door or by post from Elizabeth Butcher, The Gabled House, South Church Street, Bakewell, DE45 1FD, 01629 810205 (with SAE & cheque payable to Bakewell Choral Society).