North Norfolk Chorale will present its summer concert at St Peter and St Paul, Salle, on Saturday 17 June at 7.30 pm.
The programme will include a new setting of Proficiscere, anima Christiana by local composer Charles Damsan. Using words from Cardinal Newman’s famous poem The Dream of Gerontius, this new setting is for organ, oboe and chorus.
The piece has been composed to take advantage of the superb acoustics of Salle Church, and will feature oboe soloist Willow Swiatek, with William Falconer playing the organ.
Under the leadership of the Chorale’s musical director, Jonathan Dodd, the remainder of the programme will consist of carefully selected music designed to make the most of the acoustics in this building, which has frequently been used for professional recordings.
It will start with Henryk Górecki’s beautiful Totus Tuus. Originally composed to celebrate Pope John Paul II’s 1987 pilgrimage to his native Poland, this work for unaccompanied voices has become a contemporary classic. Willow Swiatek and her oboe will also appear in Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel (“Mirror in the mirror”).
In the second half of the programme the Chorale will sing the Duruflé Requiem. The work is influenced by plainchant and again has been chosen to complement the acoustics of the church.
Mr Dodd said: “We are incredibly lucky to be able to use this wonderful venue, and we are looking forward to presenting a programme that is going to sound utterly captivating there. Some of the music may be new to you, but do come and listen. You might just come away with a new favourite.”
- Tickets can be purchased (including early booking discount) at £13 each online or by calling 01692 405591. Online bookings will attract a small booking fee. Tickets may also be purchased on the door at the full price of £15.