Derwent Singers return to Belper for latest concert

Derwent Singers
Derwent Singers

The Derwent Singers will be performing in Belper on Saturday, April 12, at Christchurch.

This latest appearance at the church on Bridge Street follows on from the choir’s well-received concert of Handel’s Messiah in 2012.

The Derwent Singers will again be performing under the inspirational direction of Richard Roddis and are pleased to present a concert entitled Light Perpetual.

The title was chosen to describe how music composed in the 20th century can reflect that which was written centuries before.

In this case, Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Mass in G minor, written in the early 1920s, harks back to music of the Tudor period with its lavish double choir format.

This will be illustrated by William Byrd’s Ave Verum and Thomas Tallis’s If Ye Love Me and O Nata Lux, all of which will be interspersed between the movements of Vaughan Williams’s Mass.

Similarly, Illdebrando Pizzetti’s Messa di Requiem, written within months of Vaughan Williams’s Mass, is based very closely on Gregorian plainchant but brought up to date in a very Italianate - sometimes almost operatic - manner.

To illustrate the historical basis, Italian music of the same era as Byrd and Tallis, Exultate Deo and Tu es Petrus, both composed by Palestrina, will be sung.

So it may be seen that styles and forms of music are both perpetual and evolving.

The concert starts at 7.30pm. Further details and tickets may be obtained on 01332 574285, or from Foulds of Derby on 01332 344842. Alternatively, tickets may be reserved online from Pay Pal via