Kirkcudbright Choral Society Spring Concert

Kirkcudbright Choral Society presents its Spring Concert at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 16 at the town’s Cochran Hall, directed by Michael Appleford, and accompanied by the Stewartry Chamber Orchestra under the leadership of Susan Smyth.

With an ambitious programme taken from both the classical and 20th century choral repertoires, this choir with over 70 members has brought a new era of live music performance to the Stewartry. As a result, the society has increasingly attracted singers from further afield, not only from the Stewartry but also from an area covering The Machars through the upper Glenkens to Dumfries.

The Society’s memorable performance of Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man” in November 2010 was a particular highlight. The Spring Concert, the last of the season, is supported for the first time by Arts Live, a vibrant regional programme of arts and entertainments which is managed by Dumfries & Galloway Arts (dgArts).

The Spring Concert presents works by two of the most highly-respected composers of 20th century choral music. The first is by Morten Lauridsen, one of America’s foremost contemporary composers. “Lux Aeterna” was written in 1997 for the Los Angeles Master Chorale and quickly became one of his most popular works. The second, by John Rutter , is his “Requiem”, full of the haunting melodies so characteristic of his music, which combines settings of texts in Latin and English taken from the Missa pro defunctis, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Psalms.

This is one of Rutter’s best loved and most widely performed works and features Kathryn Alexander, an aspiring young soprano from New Abbey, and guest harpist Alina Bzhezhinska.

Tickets can be obtained from Thompsons newsagents in Kirkcudbright, via www.kirkcudbrightchoralsociety.org.uk or at the door.