Chamber choir Granta Chorale is well-known for its varied programming, and true to this vision the choir performs one of its most diverse combinations to date in a concert of music for voices and harp on 6 June in Saffron Hall. Along with well-loved choral favourites by Fauré and Tavener, and Harris's Faire is the Heaven, there's a wonderful set of Brahms songs for the unusual combination of women's voices, harp and two horns – music which is seldom performed but is absolutely beautiful!
The music ranges from a haunting 15th century lament by Josquin Desprez right up to the world première of a composition by the choir's director Janet Wheeler. The text of her choir and harp setting of Matthew Arnold's poem, Sleep O Cluster of Friends, addresses members of the Brontë family as they rest in Haworth churchyard. Other famous lives commemorated in this programme include John F. Kennedy in Take Him Earth for Cherishing by Herbert Howells - a 20th century choral masterpiece.
The exciting young harpist Anne Denholm performs solos, such as variations on the soaring Welsh melody David of the White Rock, as well as accompanying the choir.
The concert ends with a rousing medley of spiritual arrangements.
Who would have thought that a programme linked by the theme 'In Memoriam' could encompass such a wide range of styles and moods – from sorrowful stillness to exuberant celebration?
We look forward to the pleasure of your company.