As the autumn leaves fall, one of London’s finest amateur choirs captures the spirit of the season with a concert featuring some powerful and uplifting music.
Fulham Camerata’s concert on 16 November includes Purcell’s Verse Anthems and John Rutter’s Requiem – two English composing greats separated by more than 350 years.
Tickets are already on sale for the event, at Holy Cross church on the corner of Ashington Road and Bettridge Road in SW6, (nearest tube, Parsons Green) with under 16s admitted free... an excellent introduction to passionate choral music.
Once again, the 35-voice choir’s musical director Harry Castle – who teaches music at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in Holland Park – wields the baton.
Judit Schoblocher from Fulham Camerata said: “The works are being performed with three guest instrumentalists in addition to our gifted new keyboard accompanist, Will Fielding.”
An organ scholar at Hampton Court’s Chapel Royal, Will Fielding commented: “The choir has a great dynamic, and the results achieved are wonderful.”
The evening opens with eight of Purcell’s anthems, both sacred and secular, including They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships, a challenging work of vocal complexity written to mark the fortunate escape of King Charles ll from a shipwreck.
It is followed by the melodic contemporary Requiem in seven movements by John Rutter – one of the most acclaimed living composers.
Written in Latin and English, it includes Rutter’s interpretation of The Lord is my Shepherd, written in 1976.
John Rutter: Requiem, and Purcell: Verse Anthems are performed by Fulham Camerata on Saturday, 16 November at 7.30pm at Holy Cross church, Fulham, SW6 3QA. Tickets £15 (students £10, U16s free). Early bird admission, in advance, is £13.50 from Fulham Camerata's website, Ticket Tailor or on the door.
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