On Wednesday 6 March, our College Chapel Choir will be kickstarting the centenary celebrations of Benjamin Britten's (1913-1976), the greatest British composer of the 20th century. At 17.30 in the glorious College Chapel they will be singing Britten's Festival Cantata 'Rejoice in the Lamb', composed in 1943 for St. Matthew's Northampton. This is one of the choral masterpieces of the 20th century, and is a setting of a poem by the 18th Century poet Christopher Smart. The Evensong is open to all members of the public and is free of charge. It will last 45 minutes or so and will also include a performance of Evening Service in G by Charles Stanford.
'Rejoice in the Lamb' is a remarkable piece, set in 10 sections with 4 solos. This will be the first time that it will be performed at Cheltenham College and soloists include 13 year old Freddie Foster, formerly Head Chorister of Salisbury Cathedral, and 16 year old James LLoyd-Smith, formerly Head Chorister of Gloucester Cathedral. The choir will be accompanied by our College Organist - Alexander Ffinch.
Please do come along; everyone is most welcome. Parking onsite is available.