November 2024

Saturday 23rd November 2024

Cirencester Parish Church

 

Henry Purcell

Hail! Bright Cecilia

&

Thomas Linley Jr

Let God Arise

 

Professional orchestra and soloists

Carleton Etherington
(Conductor)

 

 

 

 

The Feast Day of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music and musicians, is 22nd November.  Our concert date this year gives us an opportunity to celebrate it with Purcell’s 1692 ode written in honour of the saint and exploring the art of music in its widest sense.

 

The West-Country musician Thomas Linley Jr deserves to be better known.  He was a genius in the making when his life was cut short by drowning at just 22.  His youthful success at home and abroad led to his being dubbed ‘The English Mozart’.  ‘Let God Arise‘ was first sung at the Three Choirs Festival in 1773.