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Southampton Philharmonic Choir - Mass in Blue

16th March 2024

19:30 - View all performance times

O2 Guildhall Southampton , Civic Centre

Information: 023 8063 2601

Southampton Philharmonic Choir - Mass in Blue

Southampton Philharmonic Choir and Southampton University Philharmonic Choir present a musical experience like no other on 16th March at the O2 Guildhall Southampton. Sharing the stage with us are the composer of Mass in Blue, Will Todd, the Will Todd Ensemble, and soprano Lisa Swayne. David Gibson conducts. We invite you to join us on a musical journey, where classical meets jazz, poetry interweaves with passion, and dreamy melodies sway with lullabies. Songs by Eric Whitacre bookend a selection of the sprightly Songs and Sonnets by George Shearing. After the interval, the mood quickens: the Will Todd Ensemble will thrill us with a memorable jazz set before our grand finale, Todd’s Mass in Blue. Our choral odyssey begins in the floaty, evocative world of Whitacre's Lux Aurumque, and continues with Shearing’s Songs and Sonnets; selected poetry by Shakespeare set to music in a twist of literary brilliance and melodic charm. Shearing’s virtuosity and musical understanding make for a unique experience to engage both jazz enthusiasts and poetry lovers alike. To close the first half, we have three more songs by Eric Whitacre. The Seal Lullaby (inspired by Kipling's poem, “The White Seal”) is a tender lullaby that tugs at the heartstrings and leaves a lasting impression. Sing Gently, composed for an international virtual choir during the pandemic, carries a message of hope, and its wonderful harmonies are a reminder of the power of music to connect people across distances. Finally, Sleep is a modern classic that charms audiences worldwide. With lyrics by Charles Anthony Silvestri, Whitacre crafts an exquisite exploration of love and longing, the cascading harmonies and intricate nuances drawing listeners into an experience that goes beyond the boundaries of traditional choral music. Mass in Blue is an exciting composition that blends the traditional Latin mass text with the rhythmic energy of jazz. It’s a celebration of contrasts: exuberant but reverent, complex yet accessible. The result is a rich tapestry that invites you to experience the divine in a refreshingly unexpected manner. We are thrilled that Will Todd and The Will Todd Ensemble will accompany us. The Will Todd Ensemble has performed and broadcast on BBC Radio and television, with live appearances in London and at festivals and concerts across the UK. Our soprano soloists is Lisa Swayne. Lisa studied Opera at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and now lives in London, from where she sings professionally with many different companies and choirs. We offer you a musical encounter that we hope will linger in your heart and mind long after the final note has been sounded. Join us for an unforgettable performance! Tickets may be bought online at o2guildhallsouthampton.co.uk (tickets bought online are issued as e-tickets).

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16 Mar 2024 - 19:30 Standard - Min: £12.15 Max: £24.15 Book Tickets
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