Derwent Singers to perform in Belper

Derwent Singers
Derwent Singers

The Derwent Singers return to Christ Church in Belper for a concert there on Saturday, April 12.

They will be conducted by Richard Roddis in a concert entitled Light Perpetual at the church, based on Bridge Street in the town.

The concert features a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Mass in G minor, written in the early 1920s, which harks back to music of the Tudor period with its lavish double choir format.

There is also genuine Tudor music such as 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.

IIldebrando Pizzetti’s Messa di Requiem, written within months of Vaughan Williams’ Mass, is based very closely on Gregorian plainchant but brought up to date in a very Italianate 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.

The concert starts at 7.30pm. Further details and tickets may be obtained by telephoning 01332 574285, or from Foulds of Derby 01332 344842, or tickets may be reserved online from Pay Pal via www.derwentsingers.org.uk