Venue: Wesley Methodist Church, St. John Street, Chester, CH1 1DA
Vaughan Williams: Five English Folk Songs
Rutter: The Sprig of Thyme
Bussey: The Pied Piper
Tickets £12 (£11 concessions, £5 children)
Conductor: Martin Bussey
Countertenor: James Neville
Baritone: Andrew Davies
With the Choir of St David’s High School, Saltney trained by Lauren Faulkner as the children in The Pied Piper.
Pianists: Catherine Barnett and Nicholas Oliver
Flute: Martin Hoffman
Percussion: Ed Cervenka and David Lewis
English folk music lovers will have an opportunity to enjoy the music of John Rutter and Ralph Vaughan Williams at Chester Bach Singers’ Spring Concert. The choir will perform a collection of John Rutter’s folksongs known as The Sprig of Thyme. These short folksongs are performed by different arrangements of voices to create a beautifully harmonious sound that harps back to traditional England. Alongside this the choir will perform Five English Folk Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, who was fascinated by the beauty of folksong and music. They will be joined for the second part of the evening by the Choir of St David’s High School, Saltney in a performance of Martin Bussey’s The Pied Piper. This lively choral work for soloists, choir and children’s choir was first performed in 1987.