Thursday 13 July
St Peter’s Church | Harrogate | 7.30pm

Please note this event has now taken place.

 

Leonard Ratzlaff | Music Director

Leanne Regehr | Piano

John Longstaff | Organ

 

Programme

Haydn Stimmt an die Saiten (from Creation) (with piano or organ)

Mendelssohn Sechs Sprüche (six short anthems for various dates in the church calendar) – a cappella

Mendelssohn Verleih uns Frieden (with organ)

Brahms Geistliches Lied, Op. 30 (with organ)

Rheinberger Kyrie from Cantus Missae (a cappella)

Maximilian Steinberg The Wise Thief from Passion Week (a cappella)

Chesnokov Spaseniye Sodelal (a cappella)

Rihards Dubra Ave Maria I (a cappella)

Cyrillus Kreek Taaveti laul Nr. 104 (Psalm 104) (a cappella)

Arvo Pärt Bogoroditse Devo (a cappella)

Trond Kverno Ave Maris Stella (a cappella)

Healey Willan O Lord our Governour (with organ)

Ruth Watson Henderson Magnificat (with organ or piano)

Bob Chilcott Gloria (with organ or piano)

Stephanie Martin Ave verum corpus (a cappella)

Rupert Lang Agneau de Dieu (a cappella)

Pack, arr. Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen

Luboff, arr. Deep River

 

Founded in 1951 by Richard Eaton, one of the musical pioneers in Western Canada, the Richard Eaton Singers (RES), Edmonton’s most established symphonic chorus, has played a leading role in the cultural community of the city for 65 years. The Richard Eaton Singers is known for its vibrant and musically compelling performances, as illustrated in some recent reviews:

  • “a virtually flawless, profoundly expressive performance…the choir never sounded more assured” (Elgar Dream of Gerontius)
  • “a gripping combination of power and subtlety” (Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem)
  • “a triumph…the choir gave a thrilling performance, tautly balanced in all sections” (Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony)

RES performances have included many Edmonton premieres of choral masterpieces such as Bach’s Mass in B minor, St. Matthew and St. John Passion, Haydn’s The Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony and the Requiems of Brahms, Britten and Verdi.  As one of the leading proponents of new choral music in this country, RES has commissioned or been involved in many world premiere performances by Canadian composers, including Mark Sirett’s In Praise of Music, Christos Hatzis’ The Sepulcher of Life, John Estacio’s The Houses Stand Not Far Apart, Ruth Henderson’s A Song of the Seasons, and Robert Rival’s Delights and Discords.

The choir has traveled extensively across Canada, as well as to Great Britain (1981), the Netherlands (1988) and Germany (2013), and has organized exchange projects with other choirs, including the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus and the Vancouver Bach Choir.

RES frequently collaborates with several Edmonton-area instrumental ensembles, including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, the Royal Canadian Artillery Band and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra. Its most recent collaborative project was to join the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus in several performances of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in Calgary, Alberta this past June.

In addition to its performance-oriented mission, RES has taken a leading role in the advanced training of conductors through its mentorship program for graduate choral conducting students at the University of Alberta. RES also organizes joint projects with other choral organizations in the Edmonton area, including several youth and high school choirs.