From the Musical Director
Thank you to everyone who performed at the Brechin Festival recently. I hope you enjoyed singing in the generous yet intimate acoustic of the Cathedral. I was very happy with the Choir's performance. There wasn't just lots of musical singing from you but there was lots of emotion put into that singing, which makes for an exciting and satisfying choral experience. Well done!
The audience was very appreciative of our efforts and went along with the many requests to listen to a few pieces as a set before applauding. I think this idea worked well because it allowed them to compare more easily the different approaches composers took when setting the same text.
The trip, I felt, was a very enjoyable one. But, I'd like to hear your comments about the trip as well. So please do come and speak to me anytime, because I need to know what the choir likes (and doesn't like) doing, so that I can bear that in mind when working on developing the Choir's future musical activities.
Palestrina/Poulenc/Lauridsen: three settings of O magnum mysterium
Stravinsky/Rachmaninov: two settings of Ave Maria
Tchaikovsky: Dostoino yest
Poulenc: Salve Regina
Grieg: Ave maris stella
Górecki: Totus Tuus
Handel: Zadok the priest
J.S. Bach: Jesu Christ meins Lebens licht
J.S. Bach: Jesu, joy of man's desiring
Mozart: Ave verum corpus
Franck: Panis angelicus
Bruckner: Locus iste
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
Tavener: The Lamb
Finzi: God is gone up