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REVIEW: The Southsea Alternative Choir, Wedgewood Rooms

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When is an all-night vigil not an all-night vigil? When it is a concert by the current holders of the Guide Award for classical music.

The Renaissance Choir will sing the work formally known as All-Night Vigil, but more usually called Rachmaninov’s Vespers, by candlelight at St Peter’s Church, Petersfield, tomorrow (7.30pm).

The Emsworth-based choir’s director, Peter Gambie, says: ‘Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil is rightly regarded by many musicians as the finest example of Russian sacred music.

‘It was written against a backdrop of political uncertainty in his homeland as the Bolshevik revolution was in its infancy and when the First World War was at its most destructive, but contains an astonishing serenity, tranquillity and peacefulness.’

The concert will also include piano music played by Karen Kingsley.

Tickets cost £12 or £10 (concessions available) from renaissancechoir.org.uk or (023) 9247 5259.