Music for Ascensiontide

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Chamber Choir takes to the stage in Edinburgh and Glasgow this weekend with a programme of music for Ascensiontide.

The programme is given at St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh, on Friday at 6.30pm, and at Glasgow University Chapel on Saturday at 6.30pm.

Both concerts are FREE and no tickets are required. 
 
I hope you will be keen to attend one of these concerts: the RCS’s star organ student Geoffrey Woollatt will be performing Messiaen’s “L’Ascension” as the centrepiece of the hour-long programme. Thirty young voices form the Chamber Choir and will be performing Ascensiontide pieces by Gibbons, Judith Weir, Bach, Victoria and Gerald Finzi.
 
An exciting hour-long programme not to be missed – we hope to see you there!
 
Best Wishes
 
Michael Bawtree
 
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L’Ascension
 
FRIDAY 18 MAY – 6.30pm: St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Lothian Road, EDINBURGH
SATURDAY 19 MAY – 6.30pm: Glasgow University Chapel, GLASGOW
 
Built around Olivier Messiaen’s early organ work, the programme includes choral music from the Renaissance to the present day: evocative masterpieces by Orlando Gibbons and Tomas Luis de Victoria are coupled with twentieth century classics by Gerald Finzi and Scottish composer Judith Weir. Bach’s celebratory motet Lobet den Herrn completes this hour-long programme.
 
OLIVIER MESSIAEN – L’Ascension
GIBBONS – O Clap your hands together
JUDITH WEIR – Ascending into heaven
BACH – Lobet den Herrn BWV 230
VICTORIA – Ascendens Christus in altem
GERALD FINZI – God is gone up with a triumphant shout
 
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Chamber Choir
Geoffrey Woollatt – organ
Michael Bawtree – conductor 
 
FREE ADMISSION – no ticket required
 

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