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Dinner Theatre at the Stepping Stones
Inspiring the title of Epsom Chamber Choirs spring concert is music by contemporary British composer Jonathan Dove. However, it isnt the only work expressing spiritual wonder: included on the bill are Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor, Stanfords Latin Magnificatand John Taveners Hymn to the Mother of God.
James Henshaw returns as guest conductor for this spring concert in which the choir draws on the rich vein of English choral music. Anthems by Byrd and Tallis from five centuries ago are contrasted with works from both the early and late 20th century. A piece by another fine 20th century choral composer, Gerald Finzi, is also being performed but this time not by the choir but by clarinet and piano his wonderfully rhapsodic Bagatelles.
Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor is perhaps the best known of the evenings music. Although intended to be sung as part of a church service, it was premiered in a concert hall in 1922. It showed how Vaughan Williams could expertly blend his own distinctive musical idiom with the modal style of the past. Completed in 1918 just before the end of the First World War, Stanford dedicated his Latin Magnificat to Hubert Parry. The work is full of exuberance and spirit, taking inspiration from Bachs own Magnificat.
Jonathan Dove is renowned for his writing for the voice, whether for opera stage or cathedral. This short anthem Wellcome, All Wonders in One Sight! shows the composers typically imaginative choices of texts with words by the 17th priest and metaphysical poet Richard Crashaw. Doves sparkling lyrical lines express the wonder of the shepherds as they visit the manger.