Alnwick Chamber Choir’s summer concert will pay tribute to Ukraine
Also known as the Alnwick Chamber Choir, the singers will perform works by composers Claudio Monteverdi and Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as a contemporary piece by County Durham composer Will Todd.
Todd is considered one of the UK’s leading composers and his piece, ‘The Call of Wisdom’, was commissioned for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, when it was performed at St. Paul as part of the Thanksgiving service.
The concert program was curated by Music Director Peter Brown and includes compositions representing 600 years of choral work.
Some pieces are a cappella, and others will be accompanied by the organ, played by Alan Gidney.
The program also includes a “Prayer for Ukraine”, a new play written in March by John Rutter.
Shocked by the Russian invasion, he heard a simple Ukrainian prayer during an evening service in the chapel of his old university and decided to put the lyrics to music.
He waived his payment rights for editing and performing the piece, inviting choirs to download and perform it and donate to the Disaster Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal (Call DEC Ukraine).
Rock Festival Choir donated, joining many thousands of choirs and singers around the world who have done the same.
The Rock Festival Choir’s summer concert is at 7.30pm at St Paul’s Church in Alnwick and admission is £10.