Peace On Earth

Songs of Grief and Joy

St Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin
7:30pm, Saturday 1 December 2018
$20 waged, $15 unwaged

Southern Consort of Voices will perform its Christmas concert at St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 1 December at 7.30 pm. We are singing a contemporary programme, with a bracket of beautiful Elgar choral works thrown in for good measure.

The overarching title, “Peace on Earth”, unifies three main sections in the programme. The first of these consists of a number of Marian texts, honouring Mary and heralding the arrival of the Christ-Child. These include pieces by New Zealand composers such as Ka Waiata ki a Maria by Richard Punaki and Salve Regina by David Childs. The two other items in this bracket are very recent compositions, namely Maria durch ein Dornwald ging by Stefan Claas and Ave Maris Stella by Philip Stopford.

The theme of the second section is remembrance, dedicated to the fallen in World War 1. Beginning with the richly-arranged anthem Abide With Me, the remainder of the set is made up of three wonderfully expressive Elgar pieces, including a moving setting of Lux Aeterna using his famous Nimrod theme, the sombre They Are At Rest, and the forlorn poem My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land.

The third section highlights Christmas themes such as light, love, birth, and rejoicing. Amongst the selection is an enormous variety of compositional styles. Indeed, only a couple of items could rightly be described as carols (Gaudete and Nova Nova!). The pieces are gorgeously crafted, such as EĊĦenvald’s Ubi Caritas and O Salutaris Hostia which features an enchanting soprano duet from guests Naomi White and Catherine Daly-Reeve. They will then be joined on violin by Dunedin’s own gem, Sydney Manowitz, and his talented pupil, Rikke Kikkawa-McLeod, with Michael Winikoff on piano to perform a little-known but charming Elgar piece entitled A Christmas Greeting. Kikkawa-McLeod will also perform a solo item by Brahms. New pieces from English composer Paul Mealor, Locus Iste, and our very own Michael Winikoff, Lux, provide interesting and contrasting choral textures in our programme.

We do hope you can join us!

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