Duke Ellington Sacred Concert, Bruckner Mass in E Minor

Sat, 2 March 2019


Hertfordshire Chorus
David Temple
Zoë Brookshaw (soprano)
Accompanying Orchestra
The Blue Planet Orchestra 

Duke Ellington’s celebratory Sacred Concert is a spectacular blend of gospel and jazz music with traditional choral singing and the reverential tone of European liturgical music. Although Duke is best known for his jazz arrangements, he wrote Sacred Concert toward the end of his life and he described it as "... the most important thing I have ever done".

Bruckner's Mass in E minor is one of the most beautiful and powerful works ever composed for a choir and wind instruments. It was the second mass he composed and he scored it exclusively for wind instruments because the performance space for its intended premiere was outside Linz Cathedral. It is arguably his first master-piece and combines the simplicity of Italian Renaissance polyphony with romantic style harmony and a powerful combination of vocal and instrumental textures.

Hertfordshire Chorus, directed by David Temple MBE, performs regularly in Britain’s major concert halls, as well as locally in St Albans Cathedral, Hatfield House and Watford Colosseum. The Chorus is one of the leading large choirs in England with members from Hertfordshire and surrounding areas, and performs frequently with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. They recorded two concerts in 2018 for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 2. The Chorus has made several CD recordings recently, including the highly acclaimed Ode to a Nightingale (Will Todd) and Codebreaker (James McCarthy), recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra for Signum Records.



Premium  £25 - Centre front with full view
Classic  £20 - Centre middle with full view or slightly restricted view
Standard Plus  £14 - Centre back with full view  or restricted view
Standard  £10 - Centre back with full view or restricted view    
No View  £10 - Centre or side aisles
No view seats will only be released when seats with views have sold out.
Children (under 18)   £5
Students (with NUS card)  £5 in any seat class
Wheelchair spaces at face value, with carer going free 
Wheelchair spaces and carer discounts can only be booked through the Box Office. Please call 01727 890290 or visit the Cathedral. If you require a seat with ease of access, not necessarily using a wheelchair, please consult the Box Office for advice as the seating plan is only illustrative.
Entry via the Cedar Tree Door, Sumpter Yard. Doors open 7.00pm. Performance starts 7.30pm and ends approximately 9.45pm. There will be an interval of 20 minutes during this performance.

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