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Reading Haydn Choir, Summer Concert at Mortimer

A Summer Concert of English Music

Reading Haydn Choir is delighted to be returning to St John’s Church in Mortimer Common to perform a
programme of works by English composers.

Bob Chilcott composed his ‘Nidaros Jazz Mass’ for the girls’ choir at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim,
Norway. He then set it for mixed choir (SATB), and it is this version that the choir will be singing, with
drum and piano accompaniment. The piece is jazzy and easy on the ear and has been described as
‘groovy and full of soul’.

Edward Elgar composed his early part-songs when he was in his thirties. We’ll be singing the earliest of
these - ‘O Happy Eyes’ and ‘My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land’ (1899) as well as ‘Spanish Serenade’
(1891). These songs are fine examples of sentimental English songs at their best!

John Rutter, one of the country’s most popular living choral composers, completed the cycle of folk song
settings ‘The Sprig of Thyme’ in 1994. As well as the title song, he included other well known traditional
songs such as ‘The Keel Row’, ‘The Cuckoo’ and ‘Down by the Sally Gardens’.