2007 proved a glorious year for one of England’s foremost current composers - John Rutter, for in that year he received a CBE in the New Year’s Honours list for his services to music. His joyous Magnificat will feature in Phoenix Choir’s summer concert. That year was also a happy celebration for Michael Fields, since this saw the premiere of his own composition Midsummer Mass.
He describes this as “an approachable, exciting and eclectic work”. It draws upon a diversity of influences from Monteverdi to Errol Garner. While based upon the traditional Latin liturgy the piece also encompasses reflections upon these words, perhaps occurring in the mind of the listener, in English. This fascinating work is the evening’s opening piece and interweaves chorus, soloists and orchestra.
The concert’s final celebration will include an opportunity for the audience to participate in popular patriotic pieces, such as Land of Hope and Glory (complete with flag waving!), as a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen on the evening prior to the 60 Soloists from recent Phoenix concerts will once more enhance the evening: Soprano - Ansy Boothroyd; Mezzo-soprano - Lindsay Richardson and Baritone Nigel Richards, with instrumental passages and accompaniment throughout provided by Phoenix Chamber Orchestra.
Directed by Michael Fields, the performance takes place at 7:30pm in All Saints Church, Grange Road on Saturday, June 1. Tickets priced £10 are available through WeGotTickets.com or from The Tourist Information Centre and Joie de Vivre in the Enterprise Centre or call 01323 482860 / 484368. See www. phoenixchoir-eastbourne.co.uk