Details of future concerts by the choir
Forthcoming concerts by the choir

Future concerts
Autumn Serenade, Saturday, 12 October 2019 in St Mark’s Church, Natland. Admission by programme £10

Our Autumn Serenade will include two new works, both written to celebrate our 50th anniversary.
We commissioned Adrian Self, organist of Cartmel Priory, to write a new work for us and he has produced a cycle of four short choral pieces entitled 'Called back to Paradise'. Each piece is a setting of words by Adrian’s wife, Pam Self.
Three of the pieces are full of joy and thanksgiving for the beauty of the natural world; one is more reflective with a text that refers to the three candles which burn at all times in Cartmel Priory.

The second new work, 'The Song of the Silent Child', is by our conductor, Clive Walkley, and a long-standing member of the choir, Lucy Crispin. Lucy describes the genesis of this work in the following terms:

A few years ago, after the choir had enjoyed performing Jonathan Dove’s 'Arianand the Dolphin', Clive said he’d like to compose a cantata. He asked if I’d write the libretto, suggesting that we do a version of a folk or fairy tale.

Very quickly, though, I found I had the germ of a different idea: I wanted to create something which felt like a traditional story but would be concerned with something contemporary (in Western culture at least): our uneasy relationship with sadness and grief.

In our high-performance, on-message culture, we’re often encouraged, tacitly orotherwise, to see sadness or grief as things to “get over” rather than move through; as Neil Hannon puts it, ‘being sad is no longer allowed’. There’s a sense that feeling our hurts and griefs is the same as “feeling sorry for ourselves”, which would be childish, shameful or weak.

We can have other fears, too: that if we once start feeling sad, we will never emerge from it, or that experiencing our vulnerabilities might make us—well, vulnerable. In this collaborative piece, then, I wanted to explore the idea that sadness is a natural and unavoidable part of being human, and that to own it, feel it and
accompany each other through it is valuable, liberating and potentially enriching.

'The Song of the Silent Child' is set in Summerland, a place of perpetual happiness, where the Silent Child doesn’t understand who she is or why she is shunned. She meets the Crone, a traditional Wise Woman figure and, at a point when Summerland is rocked by trouble, the Silent Child comes to understand herself better and find her place at the heart of her community.

Christmas Concert, Sunday, 15 December 2019 in St Mark’s Church, Natland.
Programme to include Vaughan Williams ‘Fantasia on Christmas Carols’.