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


St Andrew's Church
12 St Andrew's Road



Maurice DurufléRequiem, Op.9
Louis VierneLes Angélus, Op.57
John TavenerSvyati
Max BruchDie Macht des Gesanges, Op.87


Penelope Cousland – mezzo-soprano
Gareth Brynmor John – baritone
James Orford – organ
Clare O'Connell – cello
Andrew Griffiths – Conductor

Kingston Choral Society

Programme Note

This fascinating programme brings together works from three very different traditions. Duruflé’s love of Gregorian plainchant shines through his understated, achingly lyrical Requiem mass, which will be performed alongside his friend Vierne’s enchanting songs for mezzo-soprano and organ. John Tavener’s Svyati for choir and cello, written in memory of a friend, draws movingly on the colour and tradition of the Russian Orthodox church. Finally, The Power of Song by Max Bruch, is an impassioned, Romantic hymn to the quasi-religious power of music itself.

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