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February 13, 2012 By Andy Ross

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Rejoice with St Magnus choir

The lovely choir at St Magnus is having a concert next Saturday, the 25th and Peter Davis has sent some information about what is on. See the PR below and go to the concert if you can. The church itself is beautiful, having recently been renovated and restored, and hearing music in the space is always a lovely experience.

Peter is a composer in his own right and has written some new music for me to perform this year. In addition, he is an active art teacher and does amazing work for Project Bongo, a water project in Africa.

St Magnus Choir, ‘Rejoice’!

Sacred choral music spanning nearly eight centuries is the regular fare for the choir of St Magnus Episcopal Church in Lerwick. Later this month the St Magnus Choir will sing an evening of this music in the church bringing together much of their repertoire. From the earliest plainsong and anonymous motets of the fourteenth century to choral music of our own age, St Magnus Choir celebrates sacred music. Their Director, Peter Davis, says,

“We always have a wide selection of music programmed as part of our liturgy and we have a treasure chest of pieces which we have been singing over a number of years. This includes composers such as Mozart and Schubert and music of our own time but also earlier music by Palestrina and Victoria. I reckon we are the only choir in Shetland to be doing this kind of music on a regular basis, much of it unaccompanied.”

As well as choral music there will also be short pieces for organ. The St Magnus Choir sing in the St Magnus Episcopal Church in Greenfield Place, Lerwick on Saturday 25th February at 7.30pm. This concert is free with a retiring donation for church funds.