What: Jay Singers celebrate Shakespeare in Song, with an evening of choral riches from Europe and America.
When: 7.30 pm Saturday June 18, 2016.
Four hundred years after the Bard’s death in 1616, Norfolk’s Jay Singers celebrate Shakespeare with a delicious programme of song at Sheringham’s St Peters Parish Church.
As the Choir’s Music Director Neil Mackenzie writes, the Jays’ midsummer’s concert will feature a happy blend of music old and new with a decidedly upbeat feel.
There are three strands which I wanted to highlight. The first, of course, is William Shakespeare , with the marvellous Three Shakespeare Songs by Vaughan Williams as well as Joseph Horovitz’s take on As You Like It.
Secondly, in a year spent examining the nature of European identity, we will sing several examples of a great collaborative form – the madrigal.
Both English and French composers feature here, from Wilbye’s luxurious Draw on sweet night to Janequin’s virtuosic Le chant des oiseaux.
Finally, in an anniversary for the Jay Singers, which has enjoyed its own development in a 20 year life, we are including some American repertoire, coincidentally in a presidential election year, culminating in the timelessly fantastic music of Gershwin and Kern.
The detailed programme:
Full fathom five | Charles Wood
Lay a Garland | Robert Pearsall
Three songs from “As You Like It” | Joseph Horovitz
The Wood So Wild | Piano solo
It was a lover and his lass | Thomas Morley (small group)
Draw on sweet night | John Wilbye
Il est bel et bon | Pierre Passereau
It was a Lover and his lass | John Rutter
Three Shakespeare Songs | Ralph Vaughan Williams
Le chant des oiseaux | Janequin arr Jackman
A boy and a girl | Eric Whitacre
Wanting memories | Ysaye Barnwell
Sleep | Eric Whitacre
Summertime | George & Ira Gershwin
Preludes Numbers 2 & 1 | Gershwin (Piano solo)
Embraceable you | George & Ira Gerswhin
Old Man River | Jerome Kern