Newark Concert 7th October 2017 - Piety, Jollity and a Ditty for a Deity

Newark Music Club presents

The Cecilian Singers

Music Director: Jeremy Jackman

with special guests: ‘The Parnell Phil’

 ‘Piety, Jollity and a Ditty for a Deity’ 

Barnbygate Methodist Church, Barmby Gate, Newark NG24 1PX

Saturday 7th October 2017 7.30pm

Tickets £12 from Jane Cotton 0115 937 2993 or via the form on the "Contact us" page

There is always a special attraction to the Cecilian Singers to be involved in a shared concert, and we are delighted to be performing with ‘The Parnell Phil’. This is not the first time we have taken part in a joint concert with Alistair Parnell (saxophone), and we are still speaking! We extend a particular welcome to Philip Robinson (piano) who is with us for the first time. Part of that attraction for the Cecilians lies not just in our admiration of the duo’s art, but also in their willingness to perform together with us.

This will be most in evidence when we come together for ‘The Great God Pan’. Originally written in 2006 for Emma Johnson (clarinet), John Lenehan (piano) and ourselves, the piece features a remarkable text by Elizabeth Barrett Browning about the making of the first wind instrument. This version for soprano saxophone is receiving its first public performance. The Cecilian Singers will also contribute motets by Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, whose work represents the twin peaks of vocal writing in England in the sixteenth century. (One of these will be performed in its original version, and later updated!). After the interval the choir will offer beautiful part-songs, full of the joys of the countryside, by that master of lovely melody and sensuous harmony, Felix Mendelssohn. The last group of songs is a pot-pourri of items in a lighter vein, including arrangements of Flanders & Swann and again we will be joined for some of these by tonight’s instrumentalists.

‘The Parnell Phil’ are Alistair Parnell (saxophones and Electronic Wind Instrument) and Philip Robinson (piano). Together they perform innovative recitals mainly focused on new arrangements of familiar music. Bozza’s ‘Aria’ is possibly one of the best known classical saxophone pieces but it’s actually based on a Bach Cantata. There are jazzy arrangements by Craig Rickards of ‘The Londonderry Air’, ‘The Ash Grove’ and ‘The Blayden Races’ followed by ‘Finlandia’ played on the Electronic Wind Instrument. Claus Ogerman’s sentimental arrangement of Chaplin's tune ‘Smile’, followed by a scrumptious arrangement of the theme from 'Braveheart'. The concert version of famous Gershwin melodies rounds off their uniquely varied programme.

Jeremy Jackman 2017

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