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Concerts to support Cathedral Music

The Choristers in the Cathedral Cloisters Christmas 2014
Posted By : Marie Thomas Tuesday 9th February 2016

The Cathedral choir are putting on two special concerts to raise funds for their forthcoming tour to Germany and the Cathedral Choral Foundation.


PRE-TOUR CONCERT – 15.00 on Sunday, 28 February in Salisbury Cathedral

The Pre-Tour concert includes some of the music to be sung during the tour, including Allegri’s 'Miserere' and works by Harris, Mozart, Purcell and Stanford. John Challenger, Salisbury Cathedral Assistant Director of Music conducts and Henry Websdale, the Cathedral’s organ scholar, accompanying.

There’s no charge for attending but there will be a retiring collection in support of the choir tour, which involves both the boy and the girl choristers, and takes place after Easter.

David Halls, Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral said: “The tour is based around Salisbury’s twin town Xanten, a small city whose history goes back to Roman times. It promises to be a hugely rewarding and enjoyable experience both musically and educationally  with an itinerary that includes concerts and services in historic towns and cities along or near the Rhine - Mönchengladbach-Rheydt, Duisburg, Cologne Cathedral, Düsseldorf and Xanten Cathedral. The choristers are well aware that they are there as representatives not only of their choir but of the city of Salisbury.”

HOLY WEEK CHORAL FOUNDATION CONCERT - 19.30 on Wednesday, 23 March 

The Choral Foundation concert programme features Domenico Scarlatti’s 'Stabat Mater' and James MacMillan’s 'Seven Last Words from the Cross'.

MacMillan’s 'Seven Last Words from the Cross' was commissioned by BBC Television and first screened in seven nightly episodes during Holy Week 1994. The traditional text of the 'Seven Last Words from the Cross' is based on a compilation from all four gospels to form a sequential presentation of the last seven sentences uttered by Christ.

Scarlatti’s reputation rests largely on his enormous output of keyboard music and of his sacred music only the 'Stabat Mater' is at all well remembered. It was probably composed between 1713 and 1719, while Scarlatti was maestro di cappella at the Basilica Giulia in Rome, and, in common with the many Italian and Italianate works of this period its use of rich textures and daring harmonies within the seemingly austere framework of a ten part choir produces the most wonderful effects.

The Cathedral Choir will be accompanied by La Folia (leader, Daphne Moody) and will be conducted by David Halls, our Director of Music. Proceeds will go towards the Choral Foundation, which helps to maintain the tradition of musical excellence at the Cathedral.

Tickets: £10-£15 available from Salisbury Playhouse click 'Book this event' above or telephone 01722 320333.  Also available on the door on the night.

For any other information please contact Marie Thomas on or 01722 555148