Ardingly Choral Society and Sussex Chorus take the stage at major concerts
Spokesman Melvyn Walmsley said: ‘This event has always been very popular to raise money for the Royal British Legion, but this year the collection will also support the Ukraine Crisis Fund which is making a vital contribution to supporting Ukraine. in his heroic defense of his country. This is why the concert will begin with the setting to music by the choir of the famous poem For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon, after the sound of the Last Post and the Réveil. This will be followed by Robert Hammersley’s setting of Take them Earth for Cherishing, the Kyiv Kontakion, which is a traditional prayer used in St. Sophia’s Cathedral in the Ukrainian capital and sung at Queen Elizabeth’s recent funeral, just like Thou Knowest Lord of Purcell, who follows . The beautiful Cantique by Jean Racine de Fauré ends this section. Without intermission, Pergolesi’s enchanting Magnificat and Mozart’s Coronation Mass complete the program. A combination of favorite soloists, Olivia Bell (soprano) and Jane Haughton (alto), are joined by the new voices of Robert Folkes (tenor) and Matthew Duncan (bass) in much of the quartet work, and the instrumentalists consist of the Mid-Sussex Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Kathy Adams and organist David Moore. Tickets £13 at www.ardinglychoralsociety.org.uk or on site £15. Free parking nearby.
The Sussex Chorus Autumn Concert is also coming on Saturday 12 November at St Andrew’s Church, 2 Cants Lane, Burgess Hill, RH15 0LG, from 7.30pm. Spokesperson Anne Jordan said: “This is an opportunity to enjoy Haydn’s Nelson Mass, an old favorite composed in 1798, considered Haydn’s greatest single composition. Also the Hamilton Requiem, commissioned in 2012 by an aristocratic family who had lost loved ones in both world wars, to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.
“The concert will be conducted by Stephen Anthony Brown with soloists Zita Syme (soprano), Tabitha Reynolds (mezzo soprano), James Schouten (tenor) and Peter Grevatt (baritone).” Tickets, £15 or £5 for students and under-16s, from Sussex Chorus (01444 412579); 01444 247726 and Eventbrite.co.uk