Haverhill Choral Society preparing for Spring concert

Haverhill Choral Scoiety in concert at the Old Independent Church
Haverhill Choral Scoiety in concert at the Old Independent Church

Rehearsals are under way for Haverhill Choral Society’s Spring Concert on Saturday, April 8, at Haverhill’s Old Independent Church starting at 7.30 pm.

The choir of 45 together with Nigel Brown,organist, four soloists and orchestra will be conducted by Jane Wright, the Society’s Musical Director.

The programme comprises of three contrasting works including Zadok the Priest, a work which has been popularised by having been performed in our Coronation service since 973AD, although today’s setting was arranged by Handel in 1727.

Appropriately the work has been adapted from the first chapter of the Book of Kings and opens with a long introduction followed by a resplendent climax of voices together with trumpets and drums.

Haydn’s Paukenmesse - Mass in Time of War is a piece composed to reflect Europe’s concern over the ambitions of the young Napoleon regarding the composer’s homeland, Austria, and it has been suggested that the Timpani part in the Agnus Dei provides an effective illustration of this.

The remaining work is by Mozart and commissioned by the Archbishop of Salzburg who was well known as a patron and employer of the composer.

Titled, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, it was composed for Vespers which is the sunset evening prayer service known in the Church of England as Evensong.

Mozart’s version is made up of musical settings of five psalms including Psalm 117 which has been a source of great inspiration to great classical composers for centuries and features in the fifth part, “Laudate Dominum” which includes an exquisite soprano solo.

It will be a welcome return to Haverhill for the choir to perform what promises to be a delightful concert in a setting designed in the mid-19th century when such great works were so popular.

At the time, Gurteens were the main employer in the town and Dan Gurteen who was then the Managing Director was instrumental in providing what at the time was an important place of worship. The OIC will receive a share of the proceeds.

Refreshments including a complimentary glass of wine will be provided. Tickets will be available on the door and cost £10 For any enquiries please telephone 01440 786615.