Choral Concert



Palestrina Choir, Dublin
Director: Blanaid Murphy
Harps: Sioned Williams, Anne Denholm


Rutter: Dancing Day
Imogen Holst: Welcome Joy, Welcome Sorrow
Gustav Holst: Rig Veda


Michael Stimpson: The Drowning of Capel Celyn
First performance in Wales
Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony of Carols

Performances of these superb and less-often performed works by five English composers are rare.Imogen Holst,daughter ofGustav Holst,wasBenjamin Britten’sassistant  at Aldeburgh and became joint Artistic Director of the famous Festival, and worked there  with Osian Ellis.  John Rutteras a young chorister took part in the first (1963) recording of Britten’s War Requiem  in Coventry Cathedral under the composer’s baton and with Osian Ellis playing with the Melos Ensemble.Michael Stimpson grew up in London near to where Holst taught at St Paul’s School, and was aware of Holst and his music from a young age. All composers have written brilliantly for choir, though on this occasion, Stimpon’s work is a harp solo in remembrance of the tragic history of Tryweryn. (Note by Sioned Williams).

The concert starts on a joyous note with full choir in John Rutter’sDancing Day, moves to the gentler sounds of Imogen Holst’sWelcome Joy, Welcome Sorrow,ending the first half with the wonderfulRig Veda  of Gustav Holst.  The reflective and evocative   music of Michael Stimpson  will surely strike an emotional chord before ending with the superb Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten. The atmosphere and acoustic of the 13thcentury St Mary’s Church (which is part of the Caernarfon mediaeval town walls) will be the  perfect setting for these  musical treats.


Please note that this concert takes place at St Mary’s Church on Church Street.

19:30 - Monday, 2 April Tickets