Easter concert from Bude Choral Society

Bude Choral Society’s concert on Saturday 31st March will feature the premier performance of Roger Bosustow’s Stabat Mater. Roger was the Musical Director of Bude Comprehensive School until his retirement and lives in Bude. The Stabat Mater is a 13th Century hymn to Mary, Jesus’ mother, which portrays her suffering during His crucifixion. Roger’s beautiful composition is an uplifting musical aid to meditation on the Passion and not to be missed

Rehearsals for our concert, on Saturday, March 31st, are well underway and in spite of snow, rain, wind and hail several more new members have joined us as we prepare for Roger’s work as well as  Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Little Organ Mass.

Mozart’s Requiem was written in the year before his premature death at the age of 35 in 1791; commissioned anonymously by an unscrupulous nobleman through his agent, and written as Mozart was already terminally ill but desperate for money. That he accepted the commission is humankind’s gain: no other Requiem recreates the powerful emotions surrounding death so profoundly and personally, and in many ways, we now regard it as his own Requiem Mass. The drama heightened when he died without completing the work; his impoverished widow Constanze secretly and we may imagine frantically sought its completion by another composer, eventually lighting upon Franz Sussmeyer who had been one of Mozart’s most able pupils. Undoubtedly Sussmeyer had discussed this work with Mozart in his final months, and the outcome is, if not wholly Mozart, a work of true greatness.

Haydn’s Little Organ Mass was written around 1775 and takes the form of the then-popular Missa Brevis – a telescoping of the text such that up to four different lines of the mass are sung at the same time! Originally entitled “Sancti Joannis de Deo”, its popular title refers to the elaborate organ solo which we look forward to hearing from David Robinson. It is a relatively short work of quiet spiritual devotion, sitting well beside Roger Bosustow’s gentle setting of Stabat Mater for SATB choir and soloists and in sharp contrast with Mozart’s stirring final outpourings.

Our soloists are Elinor Chapman (soprano), Rebecca Smith (contralto), Gordon Pike (tenor) and John Fouracre (bass), joining David Robinson on organ and all under the baton of John Hobbs. We hope you will be able to join us on March 31st (ticket price £10) and if you would like to join the choir do look at our website for further details: http://www.budechoral.org.uk/

Jill Johns

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