TRBC Principal Conductor Brian Kay, who conducts our Gloria! programme on 9 July

Sunday 9 July 2017


Royal Albert Hall, 7.00pm

More about this concert

About the music
The early Christian text Gloria in excelsis Deo (‘Glory to God in the highest’) first appeared during the third century AD. It quickly became part of the Roman eucharistic rite, and in 1549 was incorporated into the Office of Holy Communion in the first English Book of Common Prayer, edited by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer.

As part of the Christian Mass, this uplifting text, praising God, has been set to music by countless composers. A few composers have selected it as a stand-alone text, among them Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741), John Rutter CBE (b. 1945) and Sir Karl Jenkins (b. 1944), whose works will be performed in this concert.

The writing is largely exuberant from all three composers, with contrasting solemn sections, especially for the section of the poem which deals with the redemption of the world by Christ the Son of God. Few religious texts have inspired composers to write more uplifting music – this is about as joyful as it gets.

About the artists
Detailed biographies for the artists taking part in this performance can be accessed by clicking the links in this paragraph. Conducting the whole concert will be the Principal Conductor of The Really Big Chorus,  Brian Kay (pictured right), and the vocal soloists will be Galina Averina (soprano), Stephanie Windsor-Lewis (mezzo), and Ella Rainbird-Earley (soprano – Rutter  only). Accompanying all three works are members of the English Festival Orchestra.

About the charity
The charity which will benefit from all programme sales, advertising and sponsorship at this concert will be the National Autistic Society. Please support their valuable work by buying a programme, and by contributing to the bucket collections at the end of the concert. You can read more about their work here (opens in a new window).

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