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


St John's Church
Church Road


Charles Hubert Hastings ParryI Was Glad
Bob ChilcottOphelia, Caliban, and Miranda (UK premiere)
VariousSpirituals for Choirs
Johann Nepomuk HummelMass in B flat major, Op.77


Reigate and Redhill Choral Society

Programme Note

Parry’s electrifying anthem I Was Glad opens this diverse programme with throbbing energy and a cloudburst of the words ‘I was glad’ guaranteed to send a tingle down the spine. Hummel’s Mass in Bb is regarded as equal to those of Haydn and Beethoven. Hummel's Mass is one of the most critically acclaimed to have been written at the turn of the 18th to 19th century containing immense beauty, passion and intensity. In contrast, we conclude the programme with a cycle of familiar spirituals expertly arranged that showcase the rich heritage of the spiritual, bringing new life to well-loved titles. In addition, we present a jazzy twist on three Shakespearean characters Ophelia, Caliban, and Miranda. With newly written texts by Charles Bennett, each of the movements focuses in on Ophelia from Hamlet and Caliban and Miranda from The Tempest

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