As part Abbey 900, Cirencester Choral Society will be performing three baroque settings of the Magnificat by Vivaldi, Pergolesi and Pachelbel, together with Vivaldi’s well known Gloria, in Cirencester Parish Church on Saturday 25 November (7.30 pm). The Magnificat, or Song of Mary, is one of the most familiar texts of the Christian liturgy and one of its most ancient. Cirencester Abbey was dedicated to St Mary and these words, recited or sung daily, would have held a special significance for the Abbey. Since the Renaissance, the Magnificat has been a favourite text for many choral composers and it continues as an essential element of present-day Catholic and Protestant evening worship. The concert, conducted by Carleton Etherington, concludes with Vivaldi’s ever-popular setting of the Gloria. The solo roles will be sung by soprano Hannah Grove and mezzo Zarah Hible. Warwick Cole’s highly regarded Corelli Orchestra will provide accompaniment. Tickets £12.50 (Student £6, Child £3) available from late October from the Visitor Information Centre (Corinium Museum) (01285 654180) or Society members.
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