Join us in the beautiful surroundings of St Lawrence College Chapel, Ramsgate, for our performance of Puccini’s unashamedly operatic setting of the ‘Gloria’.
One usually does not think of sacred music when considering the works of Puccini, and few people are aware that he wrote any liturgical music. This beautiful mass was written as a graduation piece when the composer was only 20 years old. Then titled Messa a quatto voci, it was performed to great acclaim in 1880 but not heard again for 70 years. Puccini had already decided that the future direction of his career would be in dramatic opera and regarded the work as a farewell to his association with sacred music. It was not until 1951 that the score was published as the Messa di Gloria, earning this title because the wonderful ‘Gloria’ section is longer than any of the other sections. It has since become a firmly established part of the choral repertoire.
Our Soloists will be Orlando Barton Hodges and Luke Phillips, and we will be accompanied on the organ by Jamie Rogers, currently Assistant Director of Music at Canterbury Cathedral.
Tickets cost £10, which includes refreshments after the performance, are available on the door, from choir members or via our Ticket Secretary, Barbara, tel. 01304 620560. Payment options include BACS, Credit or Debit Card or Cash. We regret that our online ticket purchase facility is not currently available.
Please note that access to St Lawrence Chapel does involve some steps, so please tell us about any potential access issues at the time of booking so that appropriate assistance can be provided. There is plenty of parking close to the Chapel, and a map of the site, with clear directions, will be supplied with each ticket.
Date(s) - 02/07/2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm