This Christmas, Congleton Choral Society joins with Congleton Choral Academy to welcome Christmas with a joyful programme of beautiful seasonal music.
The Choral Society will perform the Christmas Cantata by Geoffrey Bush (1920-1998), nine delightful musical settings, including five traditional carol tunes. Bush began his musical life as a choir boy; aged eight to thirteen he spent three hours a day singing in practices and church services, gaining a sensitive feel for the human voice, which led to an especial love for writing choral music. He taught music at Oxford and London Universities, and had a life-long interest in editing and arranging the music of English composers. Speaking about his music, he said 'it's not really complex; just put your heart into it'; and this CCS will surely do.
Morten Lauridsen (born 1943) was described as a composer of 'radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide'. CCS will perform Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium, a short, intensely haunting unaccompanied piece, much loved by the choir and by our audience when previously performed.
The combined voices of the Choral Society and the Choral Academy will join forces in a varied selection of seasonal music old and new, and together with the audience, will raise the roof of the Town Hall in the community carols. Christmas will be almost here; what better way to welcome it in than with singing?