13 April 2019: Ethel Smyth's Mass in D
Time & Location
About The Event
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Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 7
Ethel Smyth Mass in D
Conductor: Colin Touchin
Soprano: Jeni Bern
Mezzo-Soprano: Gaynor Keeble
Tenor: Mark Wilde
Bass: Quentin Hayes
Spires Chorus & Orchestra
Leader: Alistair Kennedy
Colin Touchin, Spires Director of Music, returns in April for our annual Easter concert. Colin is now internationally known as a conductor, composer and educator. On April 13th he will conduct Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in Dvoràk’s Symphony No 7 and Smyth’s Mass in D at the Central Hall in Coventry in what should prove a thrilling concert.
Dvoràk’s 7th symphony is one in a concert series that Spires Philharmonic Orchestra is performing over four years, which began with Dvoràk’s 6th symphony in 2018 and will complete with the New World 9th in 2021. The 7th symphony has been described as ‘a supreme example of symphonic writing which ranks alongside some of the most important works in the post-Beethoven development of the symphonic genre’.
Smyth’s Mass in D was performed in November last year by the BBC symphony chorus and the BBC symphony orchestra at the Barbican to great acclaim. Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) came to prominence as one of the most accomplished composers of her time despite working in a very male dominated profession. Her music reflects her experience of working in Europe where she met Brahms, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky, amongst others. Smyth was also a suffragette and Spires will perform her Mass to continue the celebration of the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act that gave the vote to women over the age of 30 and, ten years later, to all women over the age of 21.
Spires also has an exciting group of soloists for this concert: Gaynor Keeble, Jeni Bern, Mark Wilde and Quentin Hayes, all of them distinguished performers, nationally and internationally, in opera and in concert halls.