Worthing Choral Society returns to the stage
In a free charity concert in support of the NHS, the main work will be Faure’s ever popular Requiem.
Conductor Aedan Kerney said: âIn the words of the choir, we say ‘Thank you and remember.’
âThe whole community is grateful to the NHS for their tremendous work and care during the pandemic and the choir will sing to raise money for the local charity Love Your Hospital to be used at our local hospitals to provide what they think who will best support any NHS staff who may themselves need additional support or help.
Aedan and associate conductor Sam Barton have worked throughout the pandemic to connect with singers at home, virtually rehearse through zoom, learn new music, make a composite Easter video, and record and film a original composition of local inspiration.
Sam will conduct Faure’s Requiem: âFaure’s Requiem removes the full traditional Dies Irae or Day of Wrath section from the Requiem Mass, reducing it to a short section.
âIn Faure’s own words, she is dominated from start to finish by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.
âThe hour-long concert will begin with three short songs of hope and comfort. There is a beautiful part of Clara Schumann’s song and the concert ends with Haydn’s magnificent chorus âThe heavens tell of the glory of Godâ from The Creation.
“The accompanist is well-known local musician Marcus Martin.”
Aedan added, âIt has been a devastating time for choirs around the world.
âBut we’re so grateful to be able to rehearse and perform in person once again.
âWe’re learning to work in new and safer ways, but central to everything we do is our love of singing together and sharing that love with our community.
âIt has also been wonderful to welcome a number of new singers to the choir. ”
The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday 2 October at St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Worthing BN11 2DS.
Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance online via the website: https://www.trybooking.com/uk/events/landing/20782