Peterborough Vocal Collective, is a new group of young professional singers and musicians, who are promising to bring performances of the highest standard to the city.
We are very pleased that St John’s is its chosen venue for its first concert series, a season of five evening concerts for the autumn. All take place on Saturday evenings at 7.30pm. There will be an interval with refreshments available at each concert.
Tickets for each concert are available in advance for £8, or on the door for £10, but a season ticket for all five concerts is also available at the bargain price of £25 – £5 per concert. Concessionary tickets at a lower price are also available.
For further information on how to obtain tickets either call 07505 447328 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The concert dates are as follows:
30th September: Early English Song
At turns sultry, fiery, langourous, and exultant, these early examples of the song form provide an impassioned start to the PVoC season. The intimacy of the songs is intensified by a harpsichord accompaniment, evocative of the period of history in which the music was desgned.
Jonathan Hanley (tenor) and Ben Horden (harpsichord) will perform items by Dowland, Purcell, Blow and Morley, and will appear later in the season performing vocal quartets and duets with other seasoned professional performers.
7th October: Consort
The thrill that comes from a group of skilled solo singers working, variously, in dialogue, in opposition and in tandem, has long been used by composers to express fierce desire, tender pain, and religious fervour. In a programme that spans different centuries and kingdoms, this concert will show the unique hushed power of the Consort genre.
The Aragon Consort (consisting of professionals from Peterborough Cathedral Choir) will perform unaccompanied works by Tallis, Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Byrd, Parsons, Morley, Farmer, and Janequin.
21st October: Choral
There are few things more arresting when heard in person than music made by a choir. The choral repertoire exploits the compelling force achieved through the gathering together of voices in unified expression, in order to convey extremes of emotion.
In a concert that features some of the absolute classics of the genre, the Willow Consort (directed by Danny Purtell) will perform works by composers including Sheppard, Tavener, Lotti, Byrd, Gibbons, Parry, and Rheinberger – a huge range of nationalities and time periods.
4th November: Art Song & Opera
A pairing of both singer and pianist, and music and poetry, the art song takes a simple form; however, it demands great skill and attention to raise it to something greater than the sum of its parts. Opera, an extroverted contrast to art song, is designed for onstage characters, and pushes the human voice to its limits in order to convey extremes of emotion.
Robbie Haylett (baritone) and Steven Grahl (piano) will perform songs by Finzi, Gurney, Britten, and Mahler, and operatic arias by Tchaikovsky, Donizetti, and Mozart.
11th November: Quartets
Combining the subtlety of German art song with the spectacle of operatic ensembles, the vocal quartet form communicates poetic text through four distinct voices, with piano accompaniment providing another dimension of expression.
In the final concert of the PVoC series, Charlotte Bowden, Rosie Parker, Jonathan Hanley, and Nathan Harrison, accompanied by Ben Horden and Nicky Losseff, will perform a programme of Brahms, Schumann, and von Herzogenberg.
Ben and Jonathan can be heard at the start of the series, in the Early English Song concert; Rosie and Jonathan will be appearing as part of the Aragon Consort in the Consort concert.