The Malmesbury Singers Christmas Concert will take place on Saturday 10th December at 7-30pm in Malmesbury Abbey. Entitled “Gloria”, the programme highlights three magnificent Glorias by Pergolesi, Puccini and contemporary composer Bob Chilcott, together with a varied mix of carols traditional and new, with some interesting twists on old favourites.
“Gloria is a word that features more than most in all forms of music celebrating Christmas, from traditional carols such as ‘Ding dong merrily on high’ or ‘Angels from the realms of glory’ through to modern works by recent or living composers. The famous words from St Luke’s Gospel, ‘Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and goodwill towards men’, convey the uplifting and optimistic message of the Christmas story. Our three Glorias are all youthful, irrepressibly joyous and upbeat,” says musical director Iain Duffin.
The choir is delighted to be joined by Rupert Drury, who will sing the tenor solo in a performance of the Gloria from the “Messa di Gloria” by Puccini. Following a prestigious musical education, Rupert has given regular solo recitals, in addition to taking leading roles in opera and oratorio, most recently with the Bath Opera.
Also making a guest appearance is the Celebration Jazz Quartet, a group of local musicians drawn from the Celebration Jazz Band, which has given successful performances both at home and abroad. As well as accompanying the choir in a performance of the Gloria from Chilcott’s “A Little Jazz Mass”, the quartet will play jazz settings of “O Holy Night” and “O for a closer walk with thee.” So this is definitely a programme with something to appeal to everyone!