Saturday 7th October sees the Octavian Singers celebrating their 30th anniversary with a concert in St John’s church, St John’s village, Woking.
The Octavian Singers was founded in 1987 by local teacher and composer, Andrew Crookall. Our first concert was of light repertoire and performed at the University of Surrey- the following concert celebrated the 150th anniversary of Woking and was performed in the Rhoda McGaw Theatre.
This concert will see current Octavian Singers join forces with past members to sing the popular Coronation Anthem “Zadok the Priest” composed by Handel for the coronation of George II and also the Coronation Anthem “I Was Glad” composed by Sir Charles H H Parry for the coronation of Edward VII.
The highlight of the programme will be the ever-popular Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi, composed in about 1715 for the choir of the famous orphanage the Ospedale della Pieta in Venice. The music sets the words of the Gloria of the Latin Mass into 12 fairly brief sections which range from festive brilliance to profound sadness. The solo sections are for female performers who would have been hidden behind screens in Vivaldi’s time, to protect them from the corruption of the real world!
The rest of the programme consists of other celebratory music, some of which was sung by the choir at weddings of various members over the years!
The whole evening promises to be full of enjoyment and a fitting way to celebrate the wonderful way in which music brings us all together. Join us as we look back over past achievements and look forward to the next 30 years and beyond!