Wedmore Arts Festival Concert – Music for a Summer Evening – St Mary’s Church, Wedmore, Saturday 11 May 2019

The Somerset Choral Society are delighted to be part of the 2019 Wedmore Arts Festival and will present a programme of “Music for a Summer Evening” in conjunction with the talented young local violinist Poppy McGhee at St Mary’s Church, Wedmore at 7:30pm.




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In the Five Mystical Songs Vaughan Williams uses the words of the famous metaphysical poet George Herbert and it ends with his magnificent setting of the hymn “Let all the world in every corner sing”. Ed has chosen two pieces from Brahms, the first being his masterful setting of Paul Flemming’s hymn Die Geistliches Lied which is a devotional poem espousing the idea of trusting to the divine for your future. The second piece drawn from his German Requiem is “How lovely are thy dwellings” which is the central and best known movement from the Requiem. Finally, Ed has selected two choruses from the Requiem by Gabriel Faure the haunting Sanctus with the solo
violin playing over the top and in perfect contrast the Libera Me movement with its
grounded and visceral Baritone solo sung by Craig Bissex.

After the interval, we are pleased to welcome violinist Poppy McGhee who will be accompanied on piano by Matthew Redman. Poppy has chosen an especially varied programme with the whole audience in mind. Whether you enjoy the simplicity of Salut d’amour by Edward Elgar, the intensity of The Prokofiev Sonata, the serene beauty of Brahms’s Contemplation or the cheekiness of The Hot Canary by Paul Nero, there should be something here for everyone.