Mystery and majesty at St Albans Cathedral
PUBLISHED: 18:18 23 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:12 20 February 2013
Music, art and words will combine to evoke the mystery and majesty of Russian spirituality, in St Alban's Bach Choir's next concert, which takes place in St Albans Cathedral on Saturday March 24th.
Music, art and words will combine to evoke the mystery and majesty of Russian spirituality, in St Albans Bach Choirsnext concert, which takes place inSt Albans Cathedral onSaturday March 24th.
While the choir performs RachmaninovsAll-Night Vigil (better known as the Vespers),the audience will be able to see projected images of icons painted by local artistand former choir member, Derek Bird.And during the course of the concert Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans and Vice-President of the Choir will read texts to complement the music.
In this beautiful work of 1915, Rachmaninov uses the unaccompanied choir to produce amazingly rich and varied textures of sound, interwoven with tenor and alto solos, on this occasion sung by Richard Newman andDalma Krajnyak.
Conductor Andrew Lucassaid, Rachmaninov's All Night Vigil is a masterpiece of choral writing for unaccompanied chorus, using melodies from Russian Orthodox church chant. It's a wonderful experience of music with a different flavour from our usual style ofconcert, and the combination of music and images, interspersed by readings, is powerful.
The performance begins 7.30 pm. Tickets available from the Abbey Information Desk 01727 890256.