Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


O2 Guildhall
West Marlands Road
SO14 7LP


Wolfgang Amadeus MozartRequiem in D minor, K.626
~ Interval ~
Janet WheelerI Sing And Ever Shall


Southampton Philharmonic Choir
Southampton University Philharmonic Choir
New London Sinfonia

Programme Note

Janet Wheeler’s new work I Sing and Ever Shall was commissioned especially for the choir and is here given its first performance. Written for baritone soloist, mixed chorus and orchestra, it is a joyful celebration of singing. Each of the six movements sets a text by a different writer. Words by Emily Dickinson, Rabindranath Tagore, Sara Teasdale and Abraham Cowley in their differing ways all examine the special powers and attributes of singing. In amongst them comes an energetic dance movement sung entirely to nonsense syllables inspired by Scottish mouth music and vocal exercises. The finale sets a poem by Robert Herrick as an extended, lively moto perpetuo, generating an atmosphere of excitement and relish as Herrick lists the varied subjects of many of his poems. The music builds to a climactic conclusion on the words of the title ‘I Sing and Ever Shall’, a confident assertion for any choir to embrace.

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