Leicester Bach Choir
Wednesday June 23rd 2021, 7:30 pm
St Peter's Church, Market Bosworth
"At this concert, we will be performing a delightful mix of English music including Byrd’s Ave verum corpus, Purcell’s Motets and Vaughan William’s beautiful Mass in G Minor. The latter is written for unaccompanied double choir and soloists. It was written in the 1920’s in the same era as Vaughan Williams’s much loved Lark Ascending and the links with such pastoral works are obvious with rich harmonies evoking the English countryside as well as echoes of haunting polyphony going back to the 16th Century."
Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start.
Pimm's in the churchyard pre-concert and during the interval.
Admission £12.50 in advance, £15 on the door.
Children under 16 FREE
Leicester Bach Choir has been described as one of Leicester’s best-loved institutions and has performed concerts for more than 90 years. Today the Choir has around 70 singers and performs a wide range of both sacred and secular work from the Renaissance to the contemporary. The choir’s music director, Richard Laing is an artist of remarkable versatility. As one of the nation’s foremost choral conductors, he frequently undertakes choral preparation, off-stage conducting and pre-concert talks for Britain’s top orchestras including the Hallé and the BBC Symphony Orchestra . As an orchestral conductor he is Principal Guest Conductor of Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and Hallam Sinfonia, Associate Conductor of Chandos Symphony Orchestra, and director of Leamington Chamber Orchestra. As a violinist he is a guest leader for orchestras in London and the Midlands a core player with the Orchestra of the Swan, and as a pianist he has worked as a repetiteur and coach at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he is now external examiner in orchestral conducting.
Reviews attest to a particular style of performance: ” The LBC during Richard Laing’s time as Music Director has become an exceptional musical ensemble.” ” Laing’s handling of texture and dynamics showed his instinctive empathy with the idiom.” “The LBC enjoys a tremendous rapport with its gifted and dynamic conductor …. this is reflected in the choir’s performances, which have tremendous zest and intensity”. “Balance, attack and dynamic control were impressive… in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms… the choir, singing in Hebrew, managed the work’s spiky rhythms, big tunes and lush harmonies with considerable panache”. “Vierne’s Messe Solennelle is vibrant, thrilling and passionate in nature and both choir and organ achieved these effects. It was a truly superb and enriching evening”.