Flyer November 2019

Remembrance Day

Partnership with Erskine

We are delighted to be giving this concert in conjunction with  the Erskine Veteran's Charity. 

Tickets may be purchased direct from City Halls or from members of the Choir

Soloists:

Soprano:                       Judith Howarth


Mezzo-soprano:     Penelope Cousland


Baritone:                                Jolyon Loy



The Duruflé Requiem

Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) was an organist and Professor at the Paris Conservatoire. His Requiem, finished in 1947, was greatly influenced by the Gregorian burial mass and these themes occur throughout the work. Originally set for choir and full orchestra, his third version has the more restrained setting we hear today. Duruflé summed up his own piece as follows:

‘This Requiem is not an ethereal work which sings of detachment from human concerns. It reflects, in the unchanging form of Christian prayer, the anguish of man faced with the mystery of his final end.’

It is a highly appropriate work for a Remembrance concert, and the Bearsden Choir is delighted to be performing it.

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Ralph Vaughn Williams: DONA Nobis Pacem

Vaughn Williams 'Give us peace' was written and first performed in 1936. The work is a response to the slaughter of the 1914-18 war and a fervent hope that such a thing never happens again. The text is taken from the Roman Catholic Mass, the poems of Walt Whitman, a speech by the Quaker John Bright who was speaking against the Crimean War and the Bible.

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