AN EVENING OF MUSIC BY JOHN RUTTER
NOOSA CHORALE AND NOOSA SINFONIA
Those who are already familiar with the music of John Rutter will realize what a treat is in store for them when Noosa Chorale and Noosa Sinfonia present "An Evening of Music by John Rutter" at 7.30pm on Saturday 19 May in the Bicentennial Hall, Sunshine Beach. Those unfamiliar with his music will be thrilled to discover its sheer beauty, its delightful melodies, its sensuousness and its emotional depth. It is no wonder that he is the most successful composer of choral music alive today.
'An Evening of Music by John Rutter' picks out the gems of John Rutter's music, including his famous Requiem and Suite Antique. It also includes his rich and colourful arrangements of five well-known English Traditional Songs (eg Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron, O Waly Waly and The British Grenadiers).
The Requiem is a supreme example of Rutter's ability to create expressive music which perfectly matches the words being sung. He effectively interweaves parts of the English Book of Common Prayer with the Latin words of the traditional Requiem. The music flows with the words, always heightening their meaning. For instance, his musical interpretation of "The Lord Is My Shepherd", with its haunting use of oboe and choir, is serene and inspired. This is true swoon music!
Noosa Chorale is very fortunate to have as its new Music Director, Adrian King, who has a deep understanding of the English choral tradition. The choir is responding enthusiastically to Adrian's inspirational direction and obvious love of this music.
Adrian received his musical training at the Guildhall School of Music, London specializing in Singing, Conducting, Piano and French Horn. He has conducted many great choral works, including thrilling performances at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Soloists include Caroline Chown, the 1998 winner of the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award Vocal Final, who has sung with Opera Australia. Instrumental Soloists include flautist Anna Stoddart, cellist Louise King and oboist Ronald Webb.
Noosa Chorale has sung many famous choral works since 1994 and in reviewing the Verdi Requiem performance last year Dick Tombs said, 'Anybody who is even the slightest bit interested in music, classical or popular, can benefit by hearing this remarkable group at the first opportunity - they are a musical experience not easily forgotten.'
Come along on the 19th May and enjoy the charms of John Rutter's music which speaks so beautifully and eloquently to people of today, reflecting our thoughts and feelings and bringing both deep pleasure and lasting fulfilment.
Full Price tickets will be $28 with concessions at $24. Tickets can be purchased at Mary Ryan Bookshop, Hastings Street; Written Dimension Bookshop, The Junction; River Read, Thomas Street Noosaville; Lady Bird Flowers and Gifts, Tewantin. Bookings 5473 0545 or 0412 554 635.
Noosa Chorale is very grateful to Noosa Council for supporting this concert.
Noosa Chorale presents
An Evening of Music by John Rutter
Conducted by Adrian King
Saturday 19th May 2007
Bicentennial Hall, Sunshine Beach
Noosa Chorale was founded in 1994 by our patron, Joseph McMahon, who invited Leonard Spira to direct the fledgling 20 member choir. Since then, it has grown to a choir of 70. Noosa Chorale gives two or three concerts a year and performs major classical choral works eg Mozart and Verdi Requiems, Messiah, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. All of its performances are with professional soloists and orchestra.
Adrian King took up the post of Music Director in 2007. Adrian received his musical training at the Guildhall School of Music, London. He has conducted many great choral works, including thrilling performances at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Chorale places importance on maintaining a friendly and enjoyable rehearsal experience while achieving high standards of musical performance. Membership is open to anyone with a love of singing, a willingness to attend rehearsals regularly and to practise with the learning materials provided. There are no auditions to join and the Chorale tries to make its membership as affordable as possible.
Noosa Chorale rehearses each Tuesday from 7 to 9pm at Carramar Noosa Homes for the Aged, 186 Cooroy-Noosa Rd Tewantin.
Conductor's Note on Concert
It is with great pleasure and excitement that I welcome you to this my first concert with the Noosa Chorale and Noosa Sinfonia.
John Rutter is a favourite contemporary composer of mine and we perform a programme of three varied and inspirational works of his this evening. I hope the music touches you as it has touched myself and fellow performers.
The vast array of excellent talented musicians and the diverse amount of music making within Noosa and on the Sunshine Coast is tremendous. To be a part of this experience is a thrilling prospect and I look forward to continuing the high standard of work achieved by Leonard Spira.
It is my intention to bring to the Chorale, my dedication, enthusiasm, love and knowledge of all styles and genres of vocal and orchestral music and I look forward to a pleasurable and challenging future.
Order of Concert
Five Traditional Songs
The Girl I Left Behind Me
O Waly Waly
The British Grenadiers
Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron
The Suite Antique was written 1979 after Rutter was asked to write a piece for the Cookham Festival, performed by Duke Dobing and the London Baroque Soloists in Cookham Parish Church. Since Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.5 was in the programme, Rutter decided to write for the same combination of instruments, in the form and style of Bach's day.
The Suite is written for flute, harpsichord and strings with six movements ranging from `a Bach-like Aria to a Richard Rodgers-style Waltz'. Rutter's own style, comes forth most strongly in the final Rondeau with its characteristically forward driving rhythms and beautiful melodic lines.
Background to Requiem
Following the precedent established by Brahms and Fauré, among others, this work is not strictly a setting of the Requiem Mass as laid down in Catholic liturgy, but instead is made up of a personal selection of texts, some taken from the Requiem Mass and some from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
The seven sections of the work form an arch-like meditation on the themes of life and death: the first and last movements are prayers on behalf of all humanity, movements 2 and 6 are psalms, 3 and 5 are personal prayers to Christ, and the central Sanctus is an affirmation of divine glory.
Requiem was first performed complete on 13 October 1985 at Lover's Lane United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas (Director of Music: Allen Pote) by the Santuary Choir and orchestra.
Adrian King - Conductor
Caroline Chown - Soprano
Anna Stoddart - Flute
Louise King - Cello
Ronald Webb - Oboe
1st Sopranos - Rose Barry, Debbie Boyles, Debra Casey, Marie Cavanagh, Joan Clift, Valerie Cozens, Hillary Cuthbertson, Nan Felton, Jan Fergus, Sylvia Fleming, Gayle Jensen, Helen King, Gertrud Macey, Ann Milland, Joan Murray, Rhonda Nelms, Sally Price, Jutta Rathgeber, Jennifer Rayner, Jannine Ritchie, Kathleen Slinn, Barbara Tomlin, Hettie Van Wyk, Yvonne Woodlock
Altos - Kaye Butler, Jean Bleyerveld, Kay Cartwright, Kerrie Cook, Doren Craig, Helen Cundiff, Anna Day, Pam Ellis, Betty Evans, Trish Fox, Helen Hocking, Sally Johnson, Anne-Marie Jones, Gloria McConnell, Carol Monks, Anne-Marie Rutledge, Julie Simpson, Babette Urban
Tenors - John Balchin, Peter Balmer, Patricia Burrows, Trish Eames, Andrew Emmet, Ken Evans, Jeremy Hazell, Elizabeth Henley, Tony Jones, Kerry Martin, Doug McConnell, Gloria Meyer, Ian Tredinnick, Dallas Wilkes
Basses - Colin Brown, Theo Burdorf, Barrie Craig, John DAvies, Jim Fagan, Ray Judd, Brian Martin, Paul Ritchie, Colin Smith, John Woodlock, Richard Zweck
Noosa Sinfonia Orchestra
1st Violin - Leader - Trish Corben, Jenny Vandenberg, Alex Pattri, Leesa Swainston
2nd Violin - Sarah Symes, Sue Coleman-Mann, Genevieve Bignell, Pam Handley
Viola - Susie Gosling-O'Day, Janice Donaldson
Clarinet - Graham Evans
Bassoon - Alice Thomline, Jenna Breen
French Horn - Calre Deady
Percussion - Tim Kerr
Harp - Janice Preece
Harpsichord - Huguette Brassine
Cello - Louise King, Anne Boyer
Double Bass - Nik Davey
Flute - Anna Stoddart, Elizabeth Dawson
Oboe - Ronald Webb, Lindsey Heilbronn