Bel a cappella: an Evening Hymn, a celebration of English choral music, in the exquisite acoustics of St Scholastica’s Chapel, Glebe was held on Sunday 22nd November at 3.00 p.m.
“Evening Hymn is a celebration of the major choral works of those English composers whose music was a huge factor in the development of my musical education”, says Musical Director, Anthony Pasquill. “The selected works serve to remind us of the wealth of colour, variety and originality that we associate with English Choral music throughout the centuries.”
Of particular interest is Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor, a beautiful work for unaccompanied double choir and soloists with rich harmonies that really capture the essence of English summertime. For this performance Bel will be joined by rising stars from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music: Soprano Bryony Dwyer, Alto Anna Dowsley, Tenor Simon Gilkes and Bass David Hidden.
The audience was also treated to a selection from the rarely performed Songs of Farewell by Sir Hubert Parry, a sensitive and expressive collection of his personal reflections on life.
In addition to a cappella works by renowned English composers Robert Parsons and Henry Purcell, the choir will be joined by talented young organist Edwin Taylor to showcase pieces for choir and organ, including Henry Balfour Gardiner’s Evening Hymn, a lush romantic work that is considered a classic of the English choral repertoire.
Bel a cappella is a chamber choir dedicated to the performance of diverse, high quality choral music in fine venues around Sydney, and is presenting this concert in association with the 20th Annual Glebe Music Festival.