Seaford celebrates Shakespeare

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Seaford Choral Society,

St Leonard’s Church, Church Street, Seaford, Saturday,

April 28, 7.30pm.

SHAKESPEARE will be celebrated in the latest concert from the Seaford Choral Society in St Leonard’s Church, Church Street, Seaford.

Spokesman John Hamilton explains: “The programme for Seaford Choral Society’s Spring Concert– coming as it does at the end of the week containing William Shakespeare’s traditional official birthday on April 23– includes Let Us Garlands Bring, a delightful collection of Shakespeare songs in settings by the English composer Gerald Finzi, to be sung by Jozik Kotz (baritone).

“Great lyrics by later masters of the art will be paraded when Lucinda Houghton (soprano) sings classic songs from shows by Jerome Kern and Ivor Novello and also recalls the night that A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, composed by Manning Sherwin.

“Gabriel Fauré bequeathed a legacy of wonderful songs for solo voices, but it is his youthful choral masterpiece the Cantique de Jean Racine which gives the choir the chance to shine at the start of the evening. In the second half of the programme Lucinda and Jozik join the choir as Soloists in Brahms’s mighty and magnificent German Requiem. As the title suggests this was composed to be sung in German occasion in a departure from the tradition of setting Latin liturgical texts. In this performance it will be sung in English.

“Musical Director Sion Parry conducts and Nick Milner-Gulland will accompany at the piano and organ.”

Tickets at £9 (including programme) from Newberry Estate Agents and Seaford Tourist Information Centre, both in Church Street, Seaford, or from (01323) 894954.

A retiring collection will afford the opportunity to support local charity Seaford Down’s Syndrome Special Needs Group (www.seaford-dssng.co.uk)