The first concert of Bollington Festival Choir’s new season is prompted by its proximity to St Celilia’s Day – the patron saint of music and musicians – and by the recent anniversary of Votes for Women and an increasing focus on women composers sidelined by history.
The first concert features several firsts. It will be the Choir’s first perfomances of music by two outstanding women composers: a Baroque gem setting the Nativity dialogue of the Angels and the Shepherds, by Isabella Leonarda, and Romantic music by Fanny Hensel, who was Felix Mendelssohn’s sister – so talented that her works were published in his name! Three of her part songs will tell the story of a weary traveller’s nigh-time journey through the forest, full of hope for the sunrise and his waiting lover.
There’s a world premiere – of conductor Donald Judge’s new piece celebrating three iconic women named Emily – writers Brontë and Dickinson and suffragette Wilding-Davison.
The Choir revisits music by Cecilia McDowall, one of our finest contemporary composers, with movements from her Missa Brevis: Tongues of Fire; and celebrates her namesake with the wondrous ode Hail Bright Cecilia by Henry Purcell.
Soloists from the Choir are joined by pianist Rosalind Hall.
Tickets £10 (£3 18 and under) only available from 01625 575554.