What: Jay Singers celebrateShakespeare in Song, with an evening of choral riches from Europe and America.
When: 7.30 pm Saturday June 18 2016.
How much: £10 on the door, £8 online via Eventbrite.
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
The detailed programme:
Shakespeare in Song
Three Shakespeare Songs | Vaughan Williams
It was a lover and his lass | John Rutter
Full fathom five | Charles Wood
It was a lover and his lass | Thomas Morley
Three choral songs | Joseph Horovitz
Le chant des oiseaux | Janequin arr Jackman
Il est bel et bon | Pierre Passereau
Lay a garland | Robert Pearsall
Draw on sweet night | John Wilbye
A boy and a girl | Eric Whitacre
Wanting memories | Ysaye Barnwell
Blue Moon | Rogers & Hart
Summertime | George & Ira Gershwin
Embraceable you | George & Ira Gerswhin
Fish Gotta Swim | Jerome Kern
Old Man River | Jerome Kern
And so it goes | Joel, arr Chilcott