Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Jenkins and Vivaldi

A reminder to our regular visitors of the Choral Concert in Chapel on this coming Friday evening (8pm). This follows the performances of the Faure and Mozart Requiems in the last two years

This time we present two different works from two different eras - The Armed Man (choral suite) by Karl Jenkins, and Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria. All are welcome. There is no charge in, though there will be a voluntary retiring collection in aid of Habitat for Humanity.

Three English teachers are part of the choir, and another literary connection is that the Jenkins suite concludes with the first two stanzas of 'Hymn Before Action' by Rudyard Kipling:

The Earth is full of anger,
The seas are dark with wrath,

The Nations in their harness

Go up against our path:
Ere yet we loose the legions—

Ere yet we draw the blade,
Jehovah of the Thunders,

Lord God of Battles, aid!

High lust and froward bearing,
Proud heart, rebellious brow—
Deaf ear and soul uncaring,
We seek Thy mercy now!
The sinner that forswore Thee,
The fool that passed Thee by,
Our times are known before Thee—
Lord, grant us strength to die!

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