Grand French Farewell

Sunday 13 May 2018

Grand French Farewell

Choral & Orchestral Concert

Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine
Poulenc Gloria
Saint-Saëns Symphony No 3 (“Organ Symphony”)

Mayfield Festival Choir musical director – Jeremy Summerly
Schola Cantorum from Mayfield School
Southbank Sinfonia conductor –
Simon Over
Andrew Benians – Organ
Eloise Irving – Soprano

Francis Poulenc’s Gloria is the most colourful of Poulenc’s choral works, and a favourite of lovers of French music since its première in 1961. Its neo-classical orchestral writing is matched by the kaleidoscopic choir contribution and the sensuousness of the soprano writing. Equally French, and Gothic to the core, is the grand Organ Symphony by Camille Saint-Saëns. Saint-Saëns pits the organ – the composer’s own instrument – against the full orchestra. It’s never clear whether the orchestra or the organ is the eventual victor, but the real winner is the listener to any live performance of this life-affirming work. The concert begins with Gabriel Fauré’s ever-popular Cantique de Jean Racine. Fauré wrote it as a graduation exercise when he was 21. Fortunately for the reputation of Fauré’s lecturers, this mini-masterpiece was awarded a first-class mark.

Kindly sponsored by Mr Simon and Mrs Caroline Tindall

Sunday 13 May 2018 St Dunstan’s Church Mayfield, 7.30pm £30, £15 Book now