Guide Award-winners to sing the Chichester Psalms
The award-winning University of Portsmouth Choir will be singing the Chichester Psalms to celebrate 100 years since Leonard Bernstein's birth.
The Choir, who recently scooped the Best Classical award at TheÂ Guide Awards for their performance of The Messiah in March last year, will pay tribute to the legendary composer with a rendition of one of his greatest works. The concert will also feature Janacek's Otcenas in its original Czech and Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man as the choir sings an exciting array of choral repertoire. Choir conductor, Dr George Burrows, says the four psalm texts of the Chichester Psalms, which areÂ sung in Hebrew areÂ 'at once modernistic, powerful, dance-like, melodic and beautiful.' Comparatively, Janacek's setting of the Lord's Prayer Otcenas is just as distinctive and modern but was written some 60 years before Bernstein's work and the musical language is more sparse and more Slavic. Tickets are Â£12 on the doorÂ oÂ rÂ from (023)Â 9284 3023.
Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man is the most contemporary of the trio. Being written in 1999 it draws on the French song L'homme arme for inspiration and positions ancient devotional music by the likes of Palestrina within a decidedly contemporary-but-accessible idiom. Choir manager Rebecca Holder says: 'The concert is going to be amazing. We've got a really talented choir who cannot wait to sing these great pieces.' Tickets are available on the door at Â£12 (Â£10 concessions, Â£6 under 16's) or can be purchased from (023) 9284 3023 and online.
St Mary's Church, Fratton, 7.30pm
Saturday, March 17Â