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Sat, 13 Apr


Methodist Central Hall

13 April 2019: Ethel Smyth's Mass in D

Conductor(s): Colin Touchin Leader: Alistair Kennedy Work(s) Performed: Dvorak Symphony No. 7 Smyth Mass in D Including: Spires Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Jeni Bern (soprano), Gaynor Keeble (mezzo-soprano), Mark Wilde (tenor), Quentin Hayes (bass) Spires Chorus & Orchestra

13 April 2019: Ethel Smyth's Mass in D
13 April 2019: Ethel Smyth's Mass in D

Time & Location

13 Apr 2019, 14:30

Methodist Central Hall, Warwick Ln, Coventry CV1 2HA, UK

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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.

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