Dartington Community Choir – Handel and Ryba
Sunday December 9 in The Great Hall, Dartington, at 7.30pm
With Radio 3 today announcing details of this year’s ‘Compose-a-Christmas Carol-Competition’, even the presenter seemed to have a certain difficulty in getting the word ‘Christmas’ out, given that we’re just at the outset of September, and schools are only just going back.
But, of course, they have to give budding composers sufficient time to get everything prepared by November, so it’s certainly nothing like the local supermarket already getting its Christmas produce already on the shop-floor!
In fact, at this juncture, Dartington Community Choir (DCC) has yet to finalise its soloists on the night, but the venue is all booked, and tickets are shortly available. And, there are two further reasons why DCC needs to give plenty of notice. One is that the delightful Great Hall setting is essentially quite a small space, once choir, soloists and instrumentalist are in situ, leaving room for a relatively compact audience. Secondly, if their previous concerts are anything to go by, then you certainly won’t want to miss anything by delaying your booking.
Conductor Simon Capet has chosen a fascinating programme of two main works, Handel’s thrilling, and exceedingly challenging ‘Dixit Dominus’, which will be familiar to most choir aficionados, alongside Ryba’s ‘Christmas Mass’. The latter is a new work to me, and, a spot of Googling tells us that, ‘Jakub van Ryba composed the work in 1796’, and, to all intents and purposes, it looks a charming work, and a perfect sparring partner for the Handel.
Tickets will be on sale later this month at the Dartington Box Office (01803 847070) or online www.dartington.org/whats-on, priced £19 / students and U16s £7.50
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