ComArt presents autumn celebration of music

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The ComArt Choristers will present ‘How Great Thou Art’, an autumn celebration of music, at 16:00 on Sunday 7 May at St Alban’s Anglican Church, Goodwood.

The ComArt Choristers. Photo credit: Gino Klink.
The ComArt Choristers. Photo credit: Gino Klink.

Following the great success of ComArt’s recent South Cape tour, and ComArt’s popular annual Easter concert, the ComArt Choristers will present an autumn celebration of music at 16:00 on Sunday 7 May at St Alban’s Anglican Church, Goodwood. The featured work for this performance is David Clydesdale’s ‘How Great Thou Art’, a thrilling sacred work for chorus and soloists conducted by Thomas Muller.

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Clydesdale’s spell-binding 50-minute musical work uninterruptedly tells the familiar Easter story in a most intriguing way, skilfully alternating between choral and vocal solo parts, displaying an array of ever-changing textures and timbres, interspersed with narration. The age-old hymn, ‘How great Thou Art’ serves as thread running across the entire work and ties together the various parts from the opening chorus, Let Heaven Ring, Hosanna to the final Hallelujah Chorus from Händel’s Messiah.

ComArt Choristers was established by Professor Virginia Davids in 1998 and has played a significant role in keeping choral music alive in Elsies River, Cape Town. The choir’s footprint over the past 19 years includes performances in Elsies River and other similar communities city-wide as well as in Cape Town’s mainstream cultural precincts including Artscape, City Hall and Baxter Theatre and embarked on several concert tours. In this time the choir among others produced a CD, hosted various visiting international choral and instrumental groups, formed the chorus of Thomas Rajna’s South African premiere of the opera Valley Song at the Spier Arts Festival as well as KKNK and performed Sibisi’s Zulu Mass at St George’s Cathedral. Further achievements include several performances of major works, also with orchestra, such as Faure’s Requiem Mass, Mendelsohn’s Elijah, Gounod’s St Cecelia Mass and Rutter’s, Feel the Spirit. ComArt’s popular annual Festival of Carols concert is now in its incredible seventeenth year and in 2016, this concert was broadcast on RSG on Christmas Day.

ComArt is an arts and culture NPO based in Elsies River providing access to creative and performance arts training and resources for youth in particular as vehicle to promote community growth, development and nation building. In addition to ComArt Choristers, its initiatives over the years have encompassed choral and vocal training and performances; youth development programmes including instrumental music, dance and visual arts training as well as international exchange projects; cultural heritage and wellness activities.

ComArt Choristers’ performance of ‘How Great Thou Art’ will be presented on Sunday 7 May at 16:00 at St Alban’s Anglican Church, Alice Street, Goodwood. All is welcome, with only a soft donation required for admission.

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