St Cecilia Concert

November 24, 2012 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Heptonstall Church
West Yorkshire HX7 7LJ

The Hepton Singers will be performing an atmospheric concert of mainly Russian music on Saturday 24  November in the glorious surroundings of Heptonstall Parish Church.

The concert’s centrepiece will be a group of four works by the contemporary Ukrainian composer, Galina Grigorjeva, from her composition On Leaving (1999), sung in Russian.

Says musical director Alison West, “The influence of the music of the Russian Orthodox Church, and of earlier Russian composers such as Rachmaninov, shines through Grigorjeva’s compositions, which are works of exquisite beauty and emotional depth.”

The choir will perform selected pieces from Rachmaninov’s Vespers, or All-Night Vigil, opus 37, which he wrote in 1915, just over a year before the Russian revolution outlawed the Russian Orthodox Church and brutally suppressed religious worship. Alison adds, “The Vespers were reportedly one of Rachmaninov’s favourite works and he wrote the whole thing in less than two weeks, an astonishing achievement.

The evening will also feature works by Tchaikovsky, early 20th-century Russian composer Grechaninov, Estonian minimalist Arvo Pärt and  Heptons’ favourite, young English composer Kerry Andrew.

Due Voci, sopranos Mandy Doyle and Viv Burr, together with accompanist and piano soloist Ailie Kerrane will also perform works by Tchaikovsky.