Having stood down as a Joint Local Representative of the Latin Mass Society for the diocese of Hexham & Newcastle I have resurrected my previous blog. I hope that my new posts will contain items of fairly wide interest ranging from church matters, LMS matters, music etc, etc
My first post concerns music as Theresa & I were pleased to attend a concert in St Mary's Anglican Church in Ponteland nr Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday last. The concert was given by chamber choir Northern Praeclassica under the direction of Mark Edwards who also directs Felling Male Voice Choir. Their music is all a capella & the concert itself was entitled "Ave Maria" which encompassed "...sacred music from European Renaissance and Romantic composers, including Palestrina's Missa Brevis & Allegri's Miserere. The most modern work was Angelus by Biebl (1906 - 2001) - wrongly named in the programme as Ave Maria. Also included were works by Brahms, Anerio, Willaert, Verdei, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky & Tomas Luis de Victoria.
In addition to the choral works organ solos were played by Warren Smith (church choral director & asst to Mark at Felling MVC) who played works by Boellermann & Bach/Vivaldi.