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Event: Our Spring Concert - 2020

Saturday 28th March 2020 at 7:30pm, Elliott Hall, Harrow Arts Centre.

For our Spring Concert this year we were due to return to the Elliott Hall (Harrow Arts Centre) where we last performed in 2018 for our first concert since the internationally renowned soprano Dame Emma Kirkby became our new President in January of this year. Following the cancellation of the concert due to the Coronavirus crisis, we now hope to re-schedule for October - date to be confirmed

The programme will include Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and the lovely Requiem by Maurice Duruflé.  We will also be performing a beautiful, short unaccompanied piece by the acclaimed American composer Randall Thompson entitled Alleluiah.

Composed in the 1940s, Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem features themes which are more familiar in Early Music but transformed into settings which are both serene and haunting.  Leonard Bernstein’s magnificently eclectic Chichester Psalms was commissioned for the Southern Cathedrals Festival at Chichester Cathedral in 1965.  The psalms are set in the original Hebrew to what are effectively lively dance-rhythms interspersed with melodies of irresistible sweetness - clearly influenced by Bernstein’s earlier West-side Story!

Randall Thompson's emotive Alleluia, composed shortly before the 2nd World War, sets that single word to constantly shifting rhythms and melodies which build inexorably and very beautifully to an unforgettable climax.

We will be joined by soloist Mercè Bruguera Abelló and accompanied by HCS Sinfonia who will also perform American composer Samuel Barber’s evocative and highly moving Adagio for Stringsthe piece so memorably performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2001 just 4 days after the  9/11 tragedy.  By way of contrast, and continuing the American theme, the orchestra will also perform Aaron Copland’s absolutely irresistible Rodeo Hoedown.

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PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SEE THE concert poster.

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Performers

  • Mercè Bruguera Abelló

    Mezzo Soprano
    Catalan mezzo soprano, Mercè Bruguera is a postgraduate-student at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Joseph Middleton. A member of a semi-professional children’s choir from an early age, she is now singing around Europe in professional choirs as well as pursuing a career as a soloist. Operatically, Mercè made her debut as Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. Her time at the Academy has included operatic experience (Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare a Fairy in Dvorak’s Rusalka) and in 2018 she won the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize as well as being a member of the prestigious Academy ‘Song Circle’ and the ‘Bach the European’ series. Recent highlights as soloist include Mozart’s Requiem in Verona and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Barcelona.



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