Saturday 25th November 2017 Concert

Saturday 25th November 2017 - 7.30 pm Cirencester Parish Church

Gloria! Magnificat! – A concert to commemorate the 900th Anniversary of the founding of Cirencester’s St Mary’s AbbeyAbbey 900

including Vivaldi Gloria and settings of the Magnificat by Vivaldi, Pachelbel and Pergolesi, accompanied by the Corelli Orchestra

Hannah Grove (soprano), Zarah Hible (mezzo soprano).

Tickets (£12.50 adult, £6 student, £3 child) available from Cirencester Visitor Information Centre (01285 654180) from late October.


Vivaldi image.jpgVivaldi’s popular Gloria provides aPachelbel.jpg
fitting work for any celebratory concert and
establishes a baroque context for our contribution to
Abbey900, Cirencester’s year-long commemoration
of the founding of its former Augustinian monastery
in 1117. To recognise the Abbey’s dedication to St
Mary, we include in our programme three settings of
Magnificat by Vivaldi, Pachelbel and Pergolesi. The
Magnificat, or Song of Mary, is one of the most
familiar texts of the Christian liturgy and one of itsPergolesi image.jpg
most ancient. Given the dedication, it can be
imagined that these words from the Office of
Vespers, recited or sung daily, would have held a
special significance for the Abbey, along with other
Marian texts. Since the Renaissance, Magnificat has
been a favourite text for many choral composers
and continues as an essential element of present-day
Catholic and Protestant liturgy.