Granta Chorale on Martin, Brahms and fun with folk

May 6, 2014

This weekend Granta Chorale join us Saffron Hall performing a programme of beautiful music for voices and piano. This is Granta Chorale’s first formal concert at the Hall and we caught up with them to share a little teaser of what to expect…

Granta Chorale are very excited about singing in this splendid new hall which has already received many plaudits from the celebrated artists who have performed there in the past four months. At the centre of our programme is the Swiss composer Frank Martin’s Mass for double choir, a particularly beautiful and light-filled setting of this text. The latter part of the programme includes Brahms Fest- und Gedenksprüche, written to celebrate Brahms becoming a freeman of the city of Hamburg in 1889, it is full of rhythm and choral colour. Pianist Richard Carr’s programme of music by Brahms and Ravel complements both these pieces, and the melodious songs of American composer Morten Lauridsen.

A set of delightful folk song arrangements by Guildford composer Peter White concludes the programme and we’re delighted that Peter White will be coming to the concert and also the author and poet Kevin Crossley-Holland, whose poem Gaudeamus Igitur Janet Wheeler has recently set. The singers have had great fun learning this music and we’re sure that The Tailor and the Mouse, My Bonnie lies over the Ocean, Hares on the Mountain (the tenors’ favourite!) and Early One Morning will make you smile!

Do join us!

Granta Chorale Music for Double Choir
Saturday 10 May | 7.30pm
Tickets £12, £3 (under 18s)

Saffron Hall box office – 0845 548 7650 or at the door
Saffron Walden Tourist Information Office