Musical collaboration in Shropshire

PUBLISHED: 13:21 25 April 2014 | UPDATED: 13:21 25 April 2014

Members of Cantiones Camber Choir and Glyndwr University Community Choir visited an Oswestry Sinfonia string rehearsal to check on their progress.  Gerry Howe (Conductor) is pictured in front.

Members of Cantiones Camber Choir and Glyndwr University Community Choir visited an Oswestry Sinfonia string rehearsal to check on their progress. Gerry Howe (Conductor) is pictured in front.

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Three local musical groups are joining forces to present post-Easter concerts in May in Oswestry and Wrexham.

Cantiones Choir, Oswestry Sinfonia and Glyndwr University Community Choir are hard at work rehearsing Mozart Requiem and Pergolesi Magnificat which they will perform together on May 17 at Holy Trinity Church in Oswestry and then again on May 24 at St Giles’ Parish Church in Wrexham.

The groups share some common leadership - Gerry Howe, Musical Director of Cantiones is also Associate Conductor of Oswestry Sinfonia, whilst Richard Adamson is Conductor of both Glyndwr University Community Choir and Oswestry Sinfonia. It was the connection between these two musicians which spawned the plan for the forthcoming joint concerts.

As an Ascensiontide Concert, the core of the programme will include Mozart’s setting of the Requiem Mass, along with the shorter ‘gallant’ style setting of the Magnificat by Pergolesi. Cantiones will additionally present unaccompanied works by Stanford and Tallis and Oswestry Sinfonia will play La Temple de la Gloire by Rameau. The choirs and orchestra will be joined by four soloists: Effie Cadwallader (Soprano), Alison Syner (Contralto), Kyril Kuryashov (Tenor) and Patrick Lee-Brown (Bass) and both Gerry Howe and Richard Adamson will conduct.

Holy Trinity in Oswestry and St Giles’ in Wrexham were ideal choices of venue, both because they fulfill the local needs of the audiences of the two participating choirs and because of the fine acoustics offered by both churches, particularly St Giles.

Cantiones’ Musical Director, Gerry Howe said, “I am delighted to be part of this musical co-operation between Cantiones, Glyndwr and Oswestry Sinfonia. It is always very positive for different groups to join together in order to share their musical experiences. All three groups are playing and singing at a very high standard and the concert promises to be one not to be missed”.

Tickets for both concerts are priced at £9 for adults, with under 16s admitted free. Tickets for May 17 in Oswestry are available from Rowanthorn, in Old Chapel Court and Oswestry Heritage centre, with telephone bookings available by phoning 01691 238227. Tickets for May 24 in Wrexham are available from St Giles’ Church Office or by telephoning 01978 355808.

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