Sunday 15 July 2012

Musica Missouri Summer Recital

On Saturday 7th July 2012 I attended the Musica Missouri Summer Recital at St. Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich. The choir were directed by Philip Barnes with pianist Matthew Chapman.

The Musica Missouri was founded in 1998 by a group of singers based in St. Louis, Missouri. It's purpose was to present concerts celebrating some of Missouri's most accomplished choral composers, contrasted with music from a particular region of Europe.

For this recital, early settlers’ hymns arranged by Virgil Thomson, and works by more recent Missouri composers Howard Helvey and Martha Shaffer, were contrasted with music of the Norwich Renaissance composers Thomas Morley and Osbert Parsley. Pianist Matthew Chapman  also performed works by another composer associated with Missouri, Scott Joplin.

This was a wonderful lunchtime recital at St. Peter Mancroft Church in Norwich City Centre as Mancroft Music brought us another splendid musical celebration with this amazing choir from Missouri. Musica Missouri showed their joy for music and gave a performance that will be remembered with great fondness at this historic church in the Fine City.

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