Our Come and Sing days always tackle interesting, beautiful and sometimes challenging works and 2014 is no exception.
Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb is the composer’s setting of the ecstatic poem Jubilate Agno by Christopher Smart, who wrote the poem whilst in a lunatic asylum in the 18th century. A wonderful blend of slow, single-note choral writing and fast-paced dance-like passages, it’s the perfect piece to get your teeth into.
Rejoice in the Lamb is often programmed with Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, as both were commissioned by Walter Hussey – as Vicar of St. Matthew’s Northampton for the Britten and Dean of Chichester Cathedral for the Bernstein. Sung in Hebrew, the piece has the energetic rhythmic qualities we associate with Bernstein’s writing, along with joyful themes and plenty to keep you on your toes.
Join us in January for a day that’s guaranteed to warm you up!