Well-known local soprano, Kate Walker Brown, is frequently heard singing at venues around the county and beyond, but on this occasion she will still be keeping things in the family, but won’t actually be taking part herself.
Kate writes: ‘On the weekend of September 22 and 23, my nephew, Freddie Crowley, is bringing a group of his singing pals down to stay in Chagford and Gidleigh. They’re forming a choir called The New Oxford Consort, and performing a Saturday evening concert in Chagford church and a Sunday morning Eucharist at Gidleigh.
‘The group is made up of some of the very best young singers he knows from all across the country, many of whom have started, or are about to start making their way as professional singers on the choral circuits.
‘Freddie will be conducting the group – he’s been honing his conducting experience here and there while at university, and is really excited to lead this elite group of singers in the first full length concert he’s conducted since three years ago, when he put on a concert to raise money for the Chagford church bells.
‘The concert will be packed full of wonderful music, from the Renaissance (Victoria, Palestrina, Byrd, and Tallis) through the 19th and 20th centuries, (masterpieces by Stanford, Parry, and Duruflé), and even into the 21st, featuring a wonderful piece by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, written for Merton College, Oxford, in 2014. At the Eucharist the following morning, they will sing Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices, which should sound wonderful in Gidleigh church’s acoustic.
‘Do, please come along and support this group of fine young musicians as they make their West Country debut!’
Saturday September 22 in St Michael’s Church,
Chagford at 7.30pm
Tickets for the concert on Saturday are available in advance from Sally’s Newsagents in the town, priced £10 / £5 Under 16s, which includes some delicious canapés, or at the door on the night.
Philip R Buttall
top image: The New Oxford Consort with Freddie Crowley (inset)
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