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Sat, 27 April @ 4:00pm

Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society

St. Peter's Church Sheringham

Requiem – Gabriel Fauré
Cantique de Jean Racine – Gabriel Fauré 
Messe Solennelle – Louis Vierne 
Performers: Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society 
Attia Law – soprano 
Jack Woodward – baritone 
David Ballard, conductor 
Philip Adams – organ Programme 
Notes: A programme of glorious French music by Gabriel Fauré and Louis Vierne. 
One of the most popular works in the choral repertoire, first performed in 1888, Fauré wrote of his Requiem, "Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest." 
Fauré was a precociously brilliant composer. By his late teens, he had already developed his own unique and utterly assured musical voice. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in his Cantique de Jean Racine. Composed in 1865, when Fauré was just twenty, it’s very much a precursor to the Requiem, with similarly lush, intense choral writing layered on top of sparse organ accompaniment. As with the Requiem, it takes a religious text as its inspiration – in this case, words by the French playwright Jean Racine. 
Louis Vierne is best known for his organ works. However his Messe Solennelle, which was first performed at Saint-Sulpice in Paris in December 1901, is a wonderful choral piece. Although originally scored for two pipe organs, it was later adapted for a single organ, as most churches could not provide two such instruments. 
Please note the earlier start time than for recent concerts – 4:00 pm. 
Running Time: Approx 2 hours including interval