Poulenc and Jenkins.
Yes sounds like the name of a new high class retailer in Knightsbridge London; in fact they are the names of the composers of the two works – “Gloria” and “The Armed Man”, to be performed by this Society in March next year at the Royal Hall, Villa Marina, Douglas as part of its programme during the Island of Culture 2014 celebrations.
Most of you will probably know the second and longer work written by Karl Jenkins OBE, CBE, as movements from it are performed as individual pieces by modern groups such as Escala and played regularly on Classic FM.
Karl Jenkins, born in 1944, is a Welsh musician and composer. His work – The Armed Man was previously performed by the Society in 2006 and many IOMCS members are most keen to sing it again. A poignant additional reason for its choice in 2014 is to mark the centenary of the commencement of World War I. Subtitled “A Mass for Peace” the work was dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis and was first performed in April 2000. It is essentially an anti-war piece and is based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources, principally the fifteenth century folk song “L’Homme Armé” in the first and last movements. The soloist for this work will be Mandy Griffin, mezzo-soprano.
During the first half of the concert, which will be held in the evening of 23rd March 2014, the choir will sing Poulenc’s Gloria, arguably one of his best works. Like The Armed Man, this Gloria is full of memorable tunes, making it thrilling to sing and exciting to listen to. The work is sung throughout in Latin adhering mainly to the traditional Latin Requiem or Gloria in format. It has been performed twice before by the Society in 1984 and 2000. The soloist for this opening work of the concert will be Karen Elliott – soprano.
As in previous concerts the Society will be singing with the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra which too has a full programme of concerts in 2014 and Isle of Man Choral Society is grateful to the orchestra for its continuing support.
Julian Power – our Director of Music, is always on the lookout for new members and this year is no exception even though the choir has a membership in excess of 150. “Singing with Isle of Man Choral Society is an enjoyable experience and offers you the privilege of performing with the splendid Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra in the beautiful Villa Marina” says Julian. “Whilst it certainly helps, one does not have to read music as we have many rehearsals (usually two Thursdays each month, starting 12th September) during which I will go through the separate voices (sopranos, altos, tenors and basses) with the assistance of our accompanist Jennifer Bird so that the music, after a few rehearsals is familiar even to those not having any previous singing experience. There are also rehearsal CD’s available from the Society which enable one to practice outside of the rehearsals at one’s leisure. Why not come along and see if you like it?” Rehearsals commence at 7.30pm and finish at 9.15pm at Ashley Hill School, Onchan.
Those interested in joining should contact Brian Holt (secretary) on firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance to obtain full details of rehearsal dates etc.