A Handful of Singers, Bath's highly acclaimed chamber choir, is joined in this concert by the outstanding Wells Cathedral School Choralia, finalists in the 2013 Euroradio 'Let the Peoples Sing' choral competition. They begin the concert with a celebration of music for upper-voice choir from their forthcoming CD, which features music of beauty, purity and expressivity by contemporary British composers.
The second half of the concert is a performance by A Handful of Singers of Rachmaninov's Vespers, a masterpiece of choral writing and a deeply moving work with exquisitely rich sonorities, composed amidst the political turmoil of pre-revolutionary Russia, and performed here in the resonant and atmospheric surroundings of the church of St. Mary the Virgin.
A Handful of Singers and Wells Cathedral School Choralia are directed by their award-winning conductor Christopher Finch.
Established in 2002, A Handful of Singers has forged a reputation as one of Bath's most respected choral ensembles for the high quality of its performances. Originally a literal handful of experienced singers, the group has operated since 2005 as a versatile chamber choir of 24 voices. In 2010 the choir was awarded a significant grant from the BBC under its Choral Ambition Scheme.
The choir's first commercial CD Sing, Be, Live, See... was released in 2013.
- Vespers, 'All-Night Vigil'
- Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)