Malvern Festival Chorus is rounding off its 2018-19 season with a concert “featuring truly beautiful, reflective music”.

A spokesman said: “Having started their 2018-19 season with music from the 18th century, Malvern Festival Chorus moves forward to the 19th and 20th century for their final concert of the season on Saturday June 22 in Malvern Theatres.

“The programme features sacred music by some of the foremost composers of their time, Maurice Duruflé, Gabriel Fauré and Johannes Brahms.”

The spokesman added: “Duruflé’s hauntingly beautiful Requiem, written in 1947, gives a 20th century treatment to the evocative rhythms of ancient Gregorian plainsong. This key work is complemented by Fauré’s much-loved, sublimely lyrical Cantique de Jean Racine and the glorious harmonies of Brahms’ Geistliches Lied (Spiritual Song).

“The programme also features the plaintively melodic orchestral Adagio for Strings, written by Samuel Barber and popularised in the 1986 film Platoon. Malvern Festival Chorus will be joined by the acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Claire Williams, together with popular organist Julian McNamara and the accomplished musicians of Regency Sinfonia.”

Malvern Festival Chorus Musical Director, Jonathan Brown added: “We are rounding off this season in reflective mood before we gear up for our great Centenary Season, starting in September with an exciting Come and Sing event in Great Malvern Priory. We’re inviting singers who love great choral music to come and join us for a day singing works by Fauré and Vivaldi. Anyone who goes on to join us for the season will be able to experience the thrill of performing Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion in Worcester Cathedral in March 2020.”

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