Wellington Choral Society’s spring concert is next Saturday at St John’s Church, Wellington.
The programme includes a mix of popular works by Handel, Poulenc, Mendelsson and Elgar selected by the society’s conductor Laurence Blyth. It begins with three early Handel pieces – Coronation Anthems written for George II’s coronation in 1727. Poulenc’s Gloria for soprano soloist and chorus follows, along with Mendelssohn’s well-known Hear my Prayer composed in 1844 and first performed in London in 1845.
A work much less well-known work is Elgar’s Benedictus, culminating in a mighty Gloria for soprano and chorus.
Soprano soloist Héloïse West and organist David Davies join the Choral Society for this concert.
Héloïse West has a busy career in the South West singing oratorio and has appeared in operatic excerpts and roles including the title role in Isabella and the Pot of Basil by Lawrence Roman which premiered in London and at The Buxton Festival.
Organist David Davies has held church organist positions on both sides of the Atlantic. In the USA he has performed concerts in California, Massachusetts, Washington DC, Florida, Alabama and New York. He is a commissioned composer in this country and in the USA. Having been Assistant Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral, he now pursues a freelance career as a keyboard player, lecturer and writer.