The concert began with music by three of the great
Schubert's famous setting of Psalm 23,
sung by all the ladies of the choir;
Ich harrete des Herrn, known in English
as "I waited for the Lord", from Mendelssohn's
Hymn of Praise;
Three beautiful motets
and the first half ended with Mendelssohn's O
for the wings of a dove.
After the interval there were further famous choral songs by
Pearsall, Parry, Holst and Vaughan Williams.
Organ accompaniments and solos were played by
Simon Bell, Director of Choral Music at Dean Close School, Cheltenham,
and the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum. Before coming to
Gloucestershire he held appointments at Westminster Abbey, Southwell
Minster and Winchester Cathedral.
Simon Bell (organ)
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