Around sixty years ago one of our residents, Brian was a member of the Royal Choral Society when Sir Malcolm Sargent was their conductor, and he has remained an enthusiast for choral music.
From his small stock of CD’s he put together a programme of music from the Mass – from Brahms Requiem the popular “How lovely are thy dwellings fair” and the immediately following lovely and moving piece where orchestra and chorus are joined by a soprano soloist; the Kyrie from Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass; the Sanctus and Pie Jesu from Faure’s Requiem; and the Agnus Dei and Benedictus from Karl Jenkins Mass for Peace. The programme was concluded with the prize winning Cantique de Jean Racine, written by Faure when he was 20 and still a student, and the thunderous Tuba Mirum from Berlioz’s Grand Messe des Morts.
This concert of lovely music was much enjoyed by a “full house” of residents and staff one Sunday morning. We were very pleased that Sister Mary Andrew from the nearby Towers Convent was able to come and listen and there is a possibility that Brian will repeat the concert for her and her sister nuns later in the summer.