Sat 14th October 2017, 7:30pm
St Albans Abbey
Conductor: John Gibbons
Soloist: Eldrydd Cynan Jones (soprano) Geraint Dodd (tenor) Jeremy White (bass)
Rachmaninov: The Bells
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture (choral version)
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances (choral version)
Biennial Concert of the St Cecilia Festival Society
The Hardynge Choir, Radlett Choral Society and St Albans Chamber Choir join the Orchestra
The Bells is a choral symphony written in 1913. The words are from the poem The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe. It was one of Rachmaninoff’s two favourite compositions and is considered by some to be his secular choral masterpiece.
Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture was written to commemorate Russia’s defence of its motherland against Napoleon’s invading Grande Armee in 1812.