Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Vancouver Chamber Choir - The English Touch

Vancouver Chamber Choir - Jon Washburn, conductor 

The English Touch - Sept 30, 2011

Byrd to Britten
8 pm Friday, September 30, 2011

Arrive by 7:45 pm to hear an organ prelude
based on the famous "Big Ben" theme!

Ryerson United Church
2195 West 45th Ave at Yew St, Kerrisdale in Vancouver
Vancouver Chamber Choir ~ Pacifica Singers ~ Marc D'Anjou, organ
John William Trotter, conductor

The Vancouver Chamber Choir, conducted by John William Trotter in this concert, opens the 2011-2012 season with music from England, both sacred and secular.

Organist Marc D'Anjou is featured in Britten's delightful Rejoice in the Lamb, which features the quirky poetry of Christopher Smart. Arrive by 7:45 pm to hear D'Anjou perform an organ prelude based on the famous "Ben Big" theme.

Tudor composer William Byrd provides a polyphonic mass while Elizabethan madrigalists Morley and Weelkes are playful in colourful pieces from The Triumphs of Oriana. Plus more recent choral works by Jonathan Dove and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Thomas Morley - Arise, Awake
Thomas Weelkes - As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending
William Byrd - Mass for four voices
Jonathan Dove - Seek Him that maketh the seven stars
Benjamin Britten - Rejoice in the Lamb
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Silence and Music
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Te Deum

Tickets to THE ENGLISH TOUCH are $24.50 - $28 and available at Ticketmaster. Rush tickets are always available for $10 at the door one hour before the concert for youth under 26 and students (valid ID required for both). Visit to purchase online or phone 1-855-985-ARTS (2787).

The Vancouver Chamber Choir acknowledges the generous assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, London Drugs, and the Vancouver Sun.

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