Friday, May 18, 2012 Goonvrea Singers in 'Wedding Feast of Hiawatha' by Samuel Coleridge Taylor, May 20 in Truro

[Samuel Coleridge Taylor at 23]

Thursday, May 17, 2012

“Under the musical direction of Joyce Robson and with accompanists Clive Ellison and Rico Gerber the singers will be joined by the Melegari String Quartet with a guest double bass and timpanist. The Goonvrea Singers are one of the South West's premier chamber choirs, and last month they performed in a series of classical spectaculars at the Royal Albert Hall with the English Concert Singers and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to audiences of between four and five thousand at each concert.

“In a packed programme the audience will be treated to music new and old, including Handel's majestic Zadock the Priest, Bach's lilting Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring and the modern piece written by John Rutter specially for William and Kate's wedding, This Is The Day. Many members of the Goonvrea Singers are soloists in their own right and the programme will include solo pieces and duets, including Handel's Let The Bright Seraphim, with trumpet accompaniment, which was sung at the wedding of Charles and Diana by Kiri Te Kanawa. The centrepiece of the performance will be the rarely heard Wedding Feast of Hiawatha, a stunning setting of Longfellow's poem by Samuel Coleridge Taylor, whose centenary of his death is this year.

“The concert will take place in the church of Our Lady of the Portal and St Piran Catholic Church, Truro (opposite Halfords) on Sunday and will start at 7.30pm.”

[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor(1875-1912) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, Major observances of the Centennial of Coleridge-Taylor's death on Sept. 1, 1912 are underway and are the work of organizations including the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation,]

Comment by email:
Thanks. It would be nice to see choruses getting beyond the Wedding Feast and into the rest of the cantata. Minnehaha is perhaps the best musical section.  [Charles Kaufmann, Artistic Director,]

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