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Music - Choir Concert, Sat 13 Jul 2019

Cor Dyfed Summer Concert

Cor Dyfed Summer Concert


Côr Dyfed Choir is a mixed choir that was founded in 1967.

Works by John Rutter, Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar will be featured; all three displaying their remarkable compositional gifts in abundance.

Rutter's The Sprig of Thyme is an arrangement of eleven English, Irish, Scottish and American folk songs, most of which tell a melancholic tale, lamenting dead or unfaithful lovers as well as stories of unrequited love. Willow Tree and I Know Where I'm Going are fine examples of sad, romantic ballads so beloved of the original creators of these folk songs. However, interspersed with these, we find cheerful, toe tapping melodies such as The Miller of Dee and The Keel Row. The acknowledged source of the verses accompanying these songs is usually ' Anon ' but there are exceptions: the exquisite poetry of Robbie Burns and W B Yeats provide the lyrics to Afton Water and Down by the Sally Gardens, respectively. Rutter's choice of folk song and their adaptation is masterly; what a pleasure it is to sing and to listen to them.

Vaughan Williams composed his Five Mystical Songs between 1906 and 1911. Four poems by George Herbert ( 1593 - 1633 ), a Welshman and a priest, were the inspiration for William's five songs: Easter, I got me flowers, Love Bade me Welcome, The Call and Antiphon. Herbert's intense spirituality is reflected in the reverential mood of the music, a surprising fact , considering that Williams was a professed atheist at the time of composition. A baritone soloist is prominent throughout the first four sections. The chorus then sings the fifth poem, Let all the world in ev'ry corner sing, to the wonderful tune which is familiar to all churchgoers.

Probably the most well known of all Elgar melodies, Lux Aeterna is instantly recognisable as Nimrod from the Enigma Variations. Originally written to describe the temperament of his best friend A J Jaeger, Elgar later set the music to the words used in the communion antiphon of the Catholic Requiem Mass. The tune, with its characteristic falling sevenths, magically reflects the solemnity of the words. Elgar began writing Great is the Lord in 1910, but it was not premiered until 1912 at Westminster Abbey. Confidence and self assuredness of a composer who had already written many of his most substantial works prevail throughout the first ten minutes of the anthem. The sudden contrast of dynamics and the powerful block harmonies are typical Elgar trademarks. The words are taken from Psalm 48.


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Dates Times
Sat 13 Jul 2019 19:30


St Davids,
SA62 6RD



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Map reference: SM 758257  Lat: 51.88485 Long: -5.25860

By Road: From end of M4 via A48 to Carmarthen then A40 to Haverfordwest then A487

There is a large car park adjacent to the hall, with parking from 40p for one hour up to £1 for the day.

Parking: with charge


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