Schubertiade-Day 1 The John S Davies Singers

Schubertiade-Day 1 The John S Davies Singers

Friday, October 18
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Schubertiade Friday October 18th

The John S Davies singers are one of Wales’ most distinguished choirs and we’re very pleased to have them open our Schubertiade with a stunning programme.

Schubert(1797 – 1828)-  Heilig, Heilig, Heilig. The central movement of the Deutsche Messe, commissioned by Johann Neumann, who was interested in simple music designed to appeal to “the widest possible congregation” and Schubert intended it for usage in Catholic church service.  However, censorship prevented this from taking place – as an unauthorised German translation of the Mass, it was not approved for liturgical use.  The work has however since gained popularity, and has been translated into other languages

Haydn(1732 – 1809)– Te Deum A choral drama in three parts which was commissioned from Empress Marie Therese, the wife of Franz I of Austria.  Its first recorded performance was in 1800 at Eisenstadt, the home of the Esterhazy family, to celebrate Lord Nelson’s arrival there.  It is a choral work throughout, without the solo sections that are heard in Haydn’s masses and other sacred works.

Bruckner(1824 -1896)– Two Sacred Motets, Locus Iste & Ave Maria Locus Iste was composed in 1869.  The text is the Latin Gradual Locus Iste for the annual celebration of a church’s dedication.  Locus iste a Deo factus est, translates to “This place was made by God”. Ave Maria was composed in 1861.  Bruckner was organist at Linz Cathedral and director of the Choral Society who performed the motet to celebrate the anniversary of its founding.  Bruckner wrote in a letter about the reception: “I was, in the end, splendidly applauded by my choir—twice.”

Mendelssohn(1809 -1847)- O lux beata trinitas. The Responsorium and Anthem, O lux beata trinitas (O blessed eternal light), represents a challenge and an enrichment of the spiritual literature for male choir.”

Schubertarr. Granville BantockDu bist die rüh One of Schubert’s most famous songs Du bist die rüh (You are rest and peace) was composed in 1823 and the text is from a set of poems by the German poet Friedrich Rückert.  Originally composed for solo voice and piano, it was arranged for male voices by Granville Bantock (1868 -1946).

Schubert– Mass in G Kyrie eleison – Gloria in excelsis – Credo – Sanctus – Benedictus – Agnus Dei. Schubert composed this mass in less than a week in 1815. This work is one of the most popular settings of the mass ordinary: the charming song-like melodic writing, especially in the Kyrie and the Credo, forms a magical counterpoint to more concertante passages in the Gloria and the Sanctus.


Brahms(1833 -1897)– How lovely are thy dwellings. The fourth movement from Brahms’ German Requiem. The text is derived from the German Luther Bible and was assembled by Brahms himself.

Fauré(1845 – 1924)- Messe Basse Kyrie eleison – Sanctus – Benedictus – Agnus Dei. The Messe Basse (an inappropriate name since, strictly speaking, a ‘Low Mass’ is one without music) was undertaken in 1881 as a joint endeavour by Fauré and André Messager.  The final version, omitting Messager’s movements but with a new ‘Kyrie’ by Fauré and a ‘Benedictus’ based on part of the now-abandoned ‘Gloria’, was completed in December 1906.  The music, entirely by Fauré, has a certain Gallic charm.

Charles Villiers Stanford(1852-1924)  – Justorum animae & Beati quorum via. Justorum animae is a setting of a text from the deuterocanonical book of Wisdom:  The text has long been used as the Offertory proper for the Feast of All Saints. Beati quorum via (Blessed are those whose way), is a setting of the first verse of Psalm 119.

Charles Wood(1886-1926)  Hail gladdening light. Charles Wood was Irish by birth and studied at the Royal College of Music and took up residence in Cambridge, where he composed much church music with the Cambridge college choirs in mind.

T Hopkin Evans(1879 – 1940)  Dyrchafaf fy llygaid. Thomas Hopkin Evans began his career as organist in a Neath Church and conductor of the Neath Choral Society.  He became a leading figure in the musical life of Wales in virtue of his magnetic personality and command of both the Welsh and English languages.

William Mathias(1934 -1992)  The Lord’s Prayer. William Mathias was born in Whitland and was a child prodigy, playing the piano at the age of three and composing at the age of five. Much of his music was written for the Anglican choral tradition, most famously the anthem “Let the people praise Thee, O God” written for the July 1981 royal wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales

Meirion Wynn Jones(b.1972)  Beloved let us love. Meirion Wynn Jones was educated at Wells Cathedral School, before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London. His choral and vocal works have been recorded and broadcast on BBC radio and S4C. In 2011 he was awarded the Musician’s Medal (Tlws y Cerddor) for composition at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.

Joan Whitney(1914 – 1990) arr. Roy Ringwald No man is an island. Joan Whitney was an American singer and songwriter whose early music training came while singing in the choir in her church.

Handel(1685 -1769) Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah

Thanks to Martin Morris for notes of this concert

Friday, October 18 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location : Neuadd y Dderwen

Bookings are closed for this event.

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