Leonard Bernstein is best remembered for a wealth of vivacious Broadway numbers, but Southern Voices are drawing on the American composer’s equally toe-tapping sacred repertoire for their forthcoming concert at St Cross Church, Winchester on Saturday 16 March.
The Chichester Psalms, commissioned for the 1965 Southern Cathedrals Festival, is a three movement work for chorus and boy treble soloist. Sung in Hebrew, it will be performed from Bernstein’s reduced version for organ, harp and percussion.
The 100th anniversary of the birth of Bernstein’s British contemporary, Benjamin Britten, will be marked by a performance of his Choral Dances from the opera Gloriana. Ladies’ voices will sing Gustav Holst’s choral hymns from the the Rig Veda (Hindu scriptures), composed around the time of Britten’s birth, and Czech composer Janacek will feature with his scoring of the Lord’s Prayer for voices, organ and harp.
Meanwhile, the 21st century will be represented by London-born Tarik O’Regan’s Dorchester Canticles, written in 2004. Now in his thirties, O’Regan is a highly acclaimed composer who divides his time between New York and Cambridge.
Tickets for the St Cross concert, which begins at 7.30pm, cost £17.50 (£14.50 concessions; children 17 and under £5) from me or Winchester Cathedral Box Office on 01962 857275.