Louth Choral Society, Strauss in the Summer

Conducted by their musical director, Allan Smith, Louth Choral Society presents a delightful programme of 19th century Austrian classics by the family Strauss, and in particular works by Johann Strauss II, The Waltz King. Performed at St James’s Church, Louth on Sunday 1st July, commencing at 7.30pm.

Featuring songs from operettas such as Tales from the Vienna Woods and Die Fledermaus, the concert will also include well-known favourites including the Emperor Waltz and By the Beautiful Blue Danube.  Many of the tunes are well known by orchestral concert goers and, of course, ball-room dancers, but this will be an opportunity to discover the accompanying songs so rarely performed today.  And it won’t only be waltzes that might tempt audiences to take to the floor, but polkas and the famous Radetzky March too.

Tickets for what promises to be a Summer Concert of Surprises are available from Eve & Ranshaw in the town’s Cornmarket, or on-line from www.ticketsource.co.uk/louthchoral. Tickets £10, under 18s free and 6 for 5 offer available.

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Louth Choral Society Spring Concert

Spring is in the Air

March 1st might officially have been the first day of Spring, but it certainly didn’t feel like it in Lincolnshire!  However, despite interruptions from snow, members of Louth Choral Society have been turning up for rehearsals to prepare for their forthcoming Spring concert which will be held at St James’s Church, Louth, at 7:30 pm on Sunday 22nd April.

Conducted by their musical director, Allan Smith, the choir will be joined by members of St James’ Church Choir, King Edward VI School Choir, the Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra and Dutch baritone, Nic Beemster, to present a programme of music that is sure to delight the audience.

The concert will feature music by Gabriel Fauré.  His celebrated ‘Requiem’ was written in the late 1880s. Although successful in both church and concert setting, it was not performed in England until 1936.  Since then however it has become one of the most popular and most frequently performed pieces of choral music. It will be performed in the 1893 version with French Latin pronunciation.

Composed when he was only 19 years of age, his ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’ is remarkably similar in style to the ‘Requiem’.  Though slightly less well known, some younger film lovers might recognise it from the soundtrack to the hugely successful film ‘Babe’.

World Premiere

But the highlight of the concert will be the world premiere of ‘Sing to Me’, a collection of six songs by the young British composer Owain Park whose works are achieving international acclaim and have earned him numerous awards.

Commissioned by Louth Choral Society following a generous bequest by Gill Fraser, a late member of the choir, Owain has selected poems by writers including A E Houseman, Alice Meynell, Sara Teasdale and Stella Benson.

Conducted by the composer and accompanied by David Parker at the piano, the choir is delighted to have the privilege to present the first performance of these songs, which it is hoped will soon be gaining a much wider audience following their publication by Novello.

Tickets for what promises to be a very special concert are now available from Eve & Ranshaw in the town’s Cornmarket, or on-line from http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/louthchoral.

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Louth Choral Society ‘American Choral Classics’

Louth Choral Society presents ‘American Choral Classics’

Sunday 19th November 2017, 7.30pm at St James’s Church, Louth.
Conductor Allan Smith.

Music to include Barber – Agnus Dei, Bernstein – Chichester Psalms, Ives – Variations on ‘America’, Lauridsen – Lux Aeterna, Thompson – Alleluia, Whitacre – Sleep.

Tickets – reserved seating £15, unreserved £10. Discounts for under 18, 6 tickets for 5 offer available. Online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/louthchoral or from Eve & Ranshaw, Market Place, Louth.

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Louth Choral Society ‘Rhythm ‘n’ Blues’

Sunday 2nd July 2017 at St James’s Church, Louth at 7.30pm. Conducted by Allan Smith.  Further details to be announced.

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Louth Choral Society Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Sunday 9th April 2017 at St James’s Church, Louth at 7.00pm. Conducted by Allan Smith with the Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra.

Soprano Sian Winstanley, Mezzo-soprano Martha McLorinan, Tenor Mark Wilde and Bass-baritone James Birchall.

Tickets from Eve & Ranshaw, Market Place Louth or by phoning 01507 463410 or visit http://www.louthchoral.co.uk. Reserved £15, under 18s £7. Unreserved £10 under 18s free.

Buy 5 tickets receive 6th free.

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Louth Choral Society ‘Sing Noel’

An evening of Christmas music to be held on Saturday December 17th 2016 at St James’s Church, Louth at 7.30pm. Conducted by David Parker, accompanist will be Gill Parker.  Festive favourites for all the family.

Tickets available from Eve & Ranshaw, Market Place, Louth, or by phone 01507 463410 or visit http://www.louthchoral.co.uk.  Adult £8 (including 1 child free), Under 18s £4.

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Louth Choral Society Autumn Concert

Louth Choral Society will present their autumn concert of three French Masterworks at St James’s Church, Louth on Sunday 20th November at 7.30pm.

The Gloria by Francis Poulenc, scored for soprano solo, large orchestra, and chorus, is a setting of the Roman Catholic Gloria in Excelsis Deo text and is considered one of Poulenc’s most celebrated works.

Multi award winner, Ruth Jenkins, features as soprano soloist and will be a joy to listen to. Her awards include the Hildegard Zadek Stiftung in Vienna 2015, Opera Now’s Artist of the Month for February 2014,   John Scott Award from the Scottish Opera Endowment Trust, 2012 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the 2011 Leonard Ingrams Award from Garsington Opera and a Samling Scholar.

Maurice Duruflé ‘s  Requiem, dedicated to the memory of his father, is a work for four part choir, Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra will accompany.

Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess) is a well-known piece written by the French composer Maurice Ravel, scored for flutes, oboe, clarinets, bassoons, horns, harp, and strings. Ravel described the piece as “an evocation of a pavane that a little princess [infanta] might, in former times, have danced at the Spanish court”.

Tickets are now available from Eve & Ranshaw, Louth, by telephone 01507 463410 or visit www. louthchoral.co.uk. Reserved seating £15 with under 18’s £7, unreserved £10, under 18’s free.   Ticket offer of ‘buy 5 and get 6th free’ applies.

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