Choir’s Spring concert to be held at historic church

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Sussex Chorus, one of the county’s foremost choirs, will be performing its Spring Concert on Saturday, March 21, at 7.30pm in All Saints Church, The Drive, Hove.

The singers will be conducted by the choir’s music director Alan Vincent. All Saints is the church where Vaughan Williams married in 1897. The programme will include Duruflé’s Requiem and Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile.

The former was commissioned in 1941 but not published until 1947 when Duruflé, at one time a professor at the Conservatoire de Paris, dedicated it to the memory of his father.

Gounod’s Messe Solennelle, also known as the St Cecilia Mass, was first performed in 1855. Although he spent most of his life in Paris Gounod was the first conductor of the Royal Choral Society during the 1870s.

Adrian Bawtree, assistant organist at Rochester Cathedral, will be playing the organ, which was built by William Hills in 1894, awarded a Historic Organ Certificate and restored in 1987.

His solo pieces will include Widor’s Toccata and Fugue and Dupré’s Cortege et Litanie. The soloists will be Michelle Jarman (soprano), Tabitha Reynolds (mezzo soprano), Paul Smy (tenor) and Douglas Rice-Bowen (bass-baritone).

Tickets (£15; concessions £12; students and under 16s £5) are available from www.sussexchorus.org, the Ticket Manager on 01444 412579, www.WeGotTickets.com and The Dome Box Office on 01273 709709.