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Cantorum is an Auckland chamber choir of around twenty very experienced singers, which specialises in the performance of Renaissance and Baroque music, both a cappella and accompanied. It was formed in March 2014 and membership of Cantorum is substantially made up of former members of the very successful Auckland chamber choir Musica Sacra, which built up a strong reputation for the quality of its performing during its period of operation from 1998 to 2013. Cantorum is aiming to follow in this tradition as it grows.

Cantorum is busy preparing for its next concert, hot on the tails of our recent sold-out collaboration with Cantemus Choir at St Luke’s Church in Remuera.

On Saturday 27 May 2017 at 7.30pm, Cantorum will present the ever-favourite Fauré Requiem. French composer Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924) composed and revised his Requiem in D minor between 1887 and 1900. It is the best-known of his large works, with its focus on eternal rest and consolation. Fauré's parents died in the mid–1880s, but this does not seem to be his reason for composing the work. Fauré said, “My Requiem wasn’t written for anything - for pleasure, if I may call it that!”

The popularity of the Requiem belies its complexity; as a familiar piece of music, it is easy to expect performances to be relatively predictable, but it is not an easy piece to perform well. Conductor Iain Tetley will be investigating innovative ways to get new colours and ideas out of the music, so that Cantorum’s performance will be a little different to expectations. The Requiem will be accompanied on organ by Janet Gibbs, and the soloists, baritone Chalium Poppy and treble Luke Shackleton, will add great gravitas to the work.

The first half of the concert will feature unaccompanied Renaissance music by Palestrina, Byrd and Philips. Palestrina’s Missa aeterna Christi munera is one of his later Masses, and shows his compositional style at the height of his creative powers. It is characterized by the clarity of the vocal writing, the interplay among the parts and the fluency and charm of its melodic lines. Interspersed among the Mass movements we will perform two pieces by Peter Philips, Cantantibus organis and O Crux Splendidior, and one by William Byrd, Alleluia, ascendit Deus. Byrd and Philips were, of course, both masters in their field, and these pieces illustrate the effervescence of chordal writing and polyphony, and the gloriously fluid harmonic shifts and wave-like dynamics of legato unaccompanied writing.

Cantorum looks forward very much to seeing you at our next concert.

Concert details for your diary are as follows:

What:      Cantorum concert: “Fauré Requiem"
Where:    All Saints Church, 284 Ponsonby Road
When:     7.30 pm Saturday 27 May 2017
Tickets:   $25 before the concert from Tom Chignell
09 630 4315 or cantorum.choir@gmail.com
Door Sales $30 (Students $10) Cash Only
Parking:  In the church carpark, and nearby street parking

Conductor Iain Tetley
Rehearsal night / venue Thursday
All Saints Church, Ponsonby
Choir Contact Colin Newel
09 420 7271
Website www.cantorum.webplus.net
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