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Rejoice! The UK and USA come together

28 April 2018

This evening the Northampton Bach Choir were joined by forty choristers from the great musical churches of Northampton - All Saints and St Matthew’s, as well as organist Justin Miller, harpist Elizabeth Bass, and a battery of percussion, to perform a programme celebrating the great legacy of Walter Hussey,

Choristers in Rehearsal

Hussey’s Northampton commissions were represented by Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Finzi’s Lo, the full, final, sacrifice (as well as a short extract from Tippett’s Fanfare written for St Matthew’s, arranged for solo organ by our Musical Director, to help summon the audience back to their seats after the interval). His Chichester commissions were represented by Bryan Kelly’s Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in C, which the composer arranged especially for our concert for accompaniment by organ, harp, and two percussionists, and, from the other side “of the pond”, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

Chichester Psalms starts with a BANG
A Stack of Percussion adds to Organ and Harp

Two stunning organ pieces completed the programme, and gave the choirs a little moment of rest - Britten’s Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Vittoria, also commissioned by Hussey, and Northampton-born composer Robert Walker’s Fantasia and Fugue on Themes of Britten, commissioned by a former Musical Director of the Bach Choir, Simon Johnson, and based on themes from Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb.