Come and Sing Edwardian masterpieces
To complement The Dream of Gerontius which will be performed on Saturday 27th August in the Minster by our professional choir and orchestra, the Festival’s Come and Sing programme for Bank Holiday Monday includes some of the most popular works by Parry, Elgar and Stanford.
Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth will be rehearsing and conducting performances Elgar’s The Spirit of the Lord from his oratorio The Apostles, Stanford’s sublime Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G, featuring Festival soloists Alison Rose and Greg Skidmore, as well as two of his Bible Songs, and three of Parry’s most popular works – the great coronation anthem I was Glad, written for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902; Blest Pair of Sirens; and Parry’s most famous piece Jerusalem in the centenary of its composition.
We are delighted that around 200 people have signed up so far however there is still time to get involved. Please note it will not be possible to accept new registrations on the day. You can book online by clicking here or by calling 0115 989 5555 or visiting the Southwell Cathedral Shop. For further detail you can view the dedicated leaflet here.
Details of the arrangements for the day will be sent out in the coming week to those who have already registered and the vocal scores are already available for download here and there are also links to specimen performances on YouTube to aid private practice in advance.
The Festival is most grateful to Susan Dawson for her continued support of the Festival in sponsoring this year’s Come and Sing.
Name that opera
There is still time to name the opera at the Royal Opera Covent Garden which could be the prize in the draw being promoted by Clarke Associates Wealth Management in aid of the Festival: please go here. Polling will close at the end of Monday 18th July and prize draw tickets will go on sale on Monday 25th.