Concert Notes for our last concert.
Saturday 17th November 2018
Church of St Peter & St Paul, South Petherton

This concert is, if you like, all about “Joys” and “Sorrows”, and we’re showcasing some of the most beautiful music from the Italian baroque, some with a sprinkling of mystery and mistaken identities thrown in for good measure. The “Joys” are in the words of Pergolesi’s “Magnificat” (actually by Durante, but more of that another time) - the song of Mary as she discovers that she is to be the mother of the Son of God - and in Vivaldi’s “Gloria” which is the song which the angels sang as they announced the birth of Christ to the Shepherds. Contrasting with those two are the “Sorrows” – Astorga’s now rarely-heard masterpiece, his “Stabat Mater”, a setting of a poem reflecting on Mary’s mood at the foot of the Cross on Good Friday, and Allegri’s famously soaring “Miserere” in which the contemplative words of Psalm 51 float around us with some extraordinary singing.  All this, and a Trumpet Sonata by Corelli to round things off.

We hope you’ll enjoy it!