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Langcliffe Singers perform finale for weekend of music-making

[Wednesday 02 May 2007]
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The Langcliffe Singers

A GROUP of Yorkshire Dales singers are all set to provide a stunning finale for a weekend full of music.

On Sunday (May 6th) the Langcliffe Singers will present one of its most exciting concerts yet. In a programme of baroque music, the choir will sing two contrasting choral works by George Frederic Handel in the magnificent surroundings of in Giggleswick School Chapel.

The concert will open with 'Zadok the Priest', which has been sung at every British coronation since George II - a short but exhilarating piece - and the lesser known, Dixit dominus. This is a major work written when the composer was only twenty-two.

A special feature of the concert is that the choir will be accompanied by a new youth orchestra - 'Tutti' - which grew from the choir's highly successful Mozart concert last year, when the idea was piloted in Ilkley to a large and extremely enthusiastic audience.

In addition to accompanying the choir, Tutti will also perform two concertos from Handel's opus 6 set and Biber's Battalia.

The concert will be the finale of a weekend of baroque music-making, comprising talented young players from the Craven district, young professional conservatoire players from the Royal Northern College of Music and Leeds College of Music and lead by specialist baroque professionals, the Tutti orchestra is in a unique format which pairs the youngsters and professionals side-by-side in a single ensemble.

The aim is to give young musicians opportunities to work with professional players, thus raising both their standards and their aspirations. Following the Ilkley concert, the idea was highly praised, both by the local students and young professionals alike.

Tricia Rees-Jones, who not only is musical director of the Langcliffe Singers but also chairman and founder of the Tutti trust, is looking forward to the weekend: "I think none of us who were involved in the Mozart project last year could possibly have imagined the inspirational consequences of that single performance.

"We hit a real chord both physically and metaphorically and the responses of all the players was overwhelmingly positive. Comments such as "I wish there'd been something like this when I was a teenager - what a fantastic opportunity" gave a real spur to establishing the orchestra on a more permanent footing and Tutti is the result.

We hit a real chord both physically and metaphorically and the responses of all the players was overwhelmingly positive

Tricia Rees-Jones - Langcliffe Singers

"In this first project, Craven youngsters will be playing alongside one of London's leading baroque violinists, Marianna Szücs, as well as students already establishing themselves on the professional circuit in the Halle Orchestra, Britten-Pears Orchestra, Opera North and other distinguished groups. It's a real chance for them to shine and show what fantastic musical talent exists in this area. This will be a very special weekend of wonderful music-making."

The weekend's music-fest begins on Friday evening with an orchestral rehearsal. This is followed on Saturday with morning and afternoon workshops (running from 10.00-5.00) at Giggleswick School Chapel and Music Room, which are open for the public to attend.

On the Sunday morning during the 10.30 morning communion service at St.Alkelda's Church, Giggleswick, the professional singers of Tutti Baroque Voices will perform the rarely sung Mass for Double Choir.

The weekend culminates in the concert in Giggleswick School Chapel at 7.30pm.

Tickets are selling well so people are advised to book. They are priced at £10 (£8 concessions) and there is a special offer of six full-price tickets for £50. They can be obtained from Cave & Crag, Settle, Bentham Post Office, and from choir members. The concert begins at 7.30.

  • Photo shows Tutti's predecessor, (The Langcliffe Sinfonia) pausing before its highly successful Mozart concert with Tricia Rees-Jones and the Langcliffe Singers in April 2006

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