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First time performances by the YPC

The Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir will perform two works for the first time in their 65-year history at their Spring Concert on 24 March 2018, at 7.00 pm in Wakefield Cathedral.

Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Rossini’s Stabat Mater, choral works by two of Italy’s Opera ‘greats’, are those works, and both will show the YPC at its magnificent best together with soloists, Sarah Power (Soprano), Alexandra Cassidy ( Mezzo), Cliff Zammit Stevens (Tenor) and Andrew Mahon (Bass). The Amici Ensemble, in full orchestra format, will provide the accompaniment under the direction of Andrew Padmore.

Puccini wrote the Messa di Gloria before his distinguished opera career began, Rossini the Stabat Mater at the other end of his career, following his self-declared retirement from Opera composition.

Irrespective of when they wrote and despite being given the possible constraints of a ‘set’ sacred text, neither changed their irrepressible styles. Both works are a fusion of drama and towering melody, with solemnity and a little musical light-heartedness for good measure.

These are not works that are featured often on the programme of choral societies and the YPC are to be congratulated in allowing these superb works to be heard in this area. Don’t miss the opportunity to share in what will be a memorable evening of superb music performed, as always by the YPC and its guests, to the highest possible standards.

Tickets are available from the Box Office on this website or by telephoning 01924 364862, priced £16 (£14 seniors, £5 students and under 16s), all areas and all unreserved.

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