Fête Française, Saturday 6th July, 3pm

Our final concert of this season is on Saturday 6 July 2024 at 3pm in the newly remodelled St Peter’s Church, St Albans.

Take a journey to France through music, wine and food.

Thinking of famous French composers, Debussy comes near the top, with RavelFauré and Saint-Saёns close behind. We’ve got all of those in this French choral celebration spanning the romantic era to post impressionism.

Saint-Saёns sets us in the romantic era with a beautiful piece Calme des Nuits, short but full of expression as the piece fades away into the night. Then a few decades on we have a change of mood with Fauré, whose refined and gentle music shaped the course of modern French music paving the way for Debussy and Ravel as key impressionist composers. In this concert we sing Trois Chansons from both of these composers set to very different themes, one a set of medieval poems by Charles d’Orléans and the other a reaction to the horrors of WWI.

Also embracing impressionism was Lili Boulanger. She developed an innovative harmonic language and uses this to good effect in Les Sirѐnes, the story of the mythical siren. Our final composer, Gabriel Jackson, is not actually French but uses Baudelaire’s text La Musique and a setting of poems by Elizabeth Bishop to demonstrate the glorious and transformative power of music.

Programme may include:
Saint Saens     Calme des Nuits
Debussy        Trois Chansons
Ravel           Trois Chansons
Gabriel Jackson La Musique
Faure           Madrigal
Lili Boulanger    Les Sirens / Hymne au soleil / Soir sur la Plaine
and piano duets by Fingers Crossed

A full programme booklet will be available on the door.

Please join us at the back of the church for nibbles and drinks post concert.

Tickets available in advance or on the door, please book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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St Albans Chamber Choir
St Peter’s Church
St Peter’s Street, St Albans, AL1 4HG
Saturday 6 July 2024