Earth Sea & Sky

Celebrating nature and man’s creativity

Saturday 15 May 2010 7:30pm
St Swithun’s Performing Arts Centre,
Alresford Road, Winchester

directed by Charles Stewart
readings by James McConnachie

Tickets £15, concessions £12 (18 and under £3)

A celebration of the wonders of nature and creativity of man in the concert hall setting of St Swithun’s Performing Arts Centre.

The 40-strong choir presented a programme of secular music interspersed with readings inspired by earth, sea and sky. Works included Vaughan Williams’ Three Shakespeare Songs, a 16 part transcription from Mahler’s Rückert Lieder, Italian madrigals, English romantic part songs and two stunning and inspirational compositions by contemporary American musician Eric Whitacre – Cloudburst and Leonardo dreams of his flying machine.

Southern Voices was one of the first English chamber choirs to perform Whitacre’s highly acclaimed works and featured Lux Aurumque on its 2008 CD A Winchester Christmas.
The singers have also taken the music of Whitacre’s contemporary, Morten Lauridsen, to their hearts and this special programme featured the hauntingly beautiful Sure on this shining night from his song cycle Nocturnes.