Roderick Earle writes: We are delighted that our Tenebrae programme sold out in Colchester (our second sell out concert) and attracted an audience of 120 in Norwich. Our next project is a new venture offering six 50 minute recitals of music drawn from our repertoire. These concerts will be in
six different churches in and around Colchester over the weekend of
2nd-4th of March 2012. We hope to attract new audience and to offer churches an opportunity to raise funds by giving our services free.
The idea is to sing some of our favourite and best known pieces drawn from our repertoire to date. From Tenebrae we are taking Lotti’s famous Crucifixus, Palestrina’s Exultate Deo, Monteverdi’s Cantate Domino and Gesualdo’s O vos omnes a5. From Baroque to Bruckner we will perform three pieces by Purcell, Remember not Lord, Hear my prayer and I was glad. From our 2010 Two Worlds programme we are taking Bruckner’s Three Graduals, Os justi, Locus iste and Christus factus est. Grieg’s Ave Maris Stella is the first of three Marian pieces, to be joined with Bogoroditse Devo by Rachmaninoff from the Vespers concert and Britten’s A Hymn to the Virgin which we sang at our inaugural concert, Three Kings from Persian Lands, in January 2010.