Lanark and Caluke Choral Union will be performing two works in a concert in St Nicholas Church ,Lanark on Saturday 28th April at 7.30pm.
The first work is Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) by R. Vaughan Williams. This cantata was written in 1936 and premiered on 2nd October 1936. The texts are taken from the Mass, three poems by Walt Whitman, a political speech and sections of the bible. It is very dramatic in parts, reflective in parts and beautiful throughout. This work is rarely performed by amateur choirs because of its complexity but Lanark and Carluke Choral Union have worked extremely hard preparing for this concert and are confident that they can perform this. It was chosen by the choir as a fitting work to mark the centenary year of the ending of the Great War.
The other piece to be performed is the ever popular Vivaldi’s Gloria. The choir shall be joined by guest soloists Andy McTaggart from Scottish Opera and Freya Holliman, a graduate of the Northern College of Music. The organ shall be played by Chris Nickol and there shall be a small orchestra also. The conductor shall be the choir’s Musical Director, Leon Reimer.
There shall be an opportunity to contribute to Poppy Scotland. Tickets for the concert are available now from choir members or at the door.
This is one of a number of events taking place in Lanark this year to mark the 1918 centenary. For instance the Lanark Museum are holding a special exhibition this season to mark this.