We’re very excited to be back at last after Covid-19 lockdown, presenting a concert of two firsts: our first for 2020 and our first with our new Musical Director, Matthew Howes.
So it’s fitting that this concert spans from the beginnings of choral music as we know it until the present day. In our world ravaged by Covid-19, we are reminded of the many calamities which have beset the world over the centuries. The psalms, originating in the ancient Jewish world, offered comfort and hope. This led to the beginnings of Christian community church singing, influenced as well by the music of other Mediterranean and European cultures, which in time gave birth to the wonderful choral repertoire we have available today.
Our concert will include traditional plainchant, Anglican chant and more modern versions of psalms, including Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, Parry’s I was glad, Rutter’s Psalm 23, Matthias’ Let the people praise thee O Lord (composed for Charles’ and Diana’s wedding), and Matthew Howes’ Mau hoki a whakau (composed for St-Matthew-in-the-City in 2019). We are delighted to be joined by Te Ohorere Williams as soprano soloist for the Mendelssohn. Conducted by Matthew and accompanied by Janet Gibbs, we bring you a concert with a focus on community and ensemble singing.
We’d love to see you there: