The Three Choirs Pageant is the oldest repeatedly working music competition on this planet. It might probably hint its historical past again to annual music conferences in 1715 and, barring two World Wars and COVID, has been working ever since, celebrating its three hundredth anniversary in 2015. Now, a brand new milestone has been reached and the competition has appointed a lady as chair of its board of administrators for the primary time. Naomi Belshaw, recognized to many for her work with the PRS and in PR, is taking on as chair from Dr Timothy Mind OBE whose vital tenure as chair was the professionalisation of the organisation and its important modernisation.
This yr’s competition runs from 23 to 30 July 2022 in Hereford, with the complete programme introduced subsequent week (25 March 2022). The competition will embrace Dvorak’s Requiem and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, the 2 works linked by the truth that Dvorak was initially to set Newman’s Gerontius poem and refused, countering with a Requiem which premiered in 1891 on the Birmingham Pageant . There may also be Poulenc’s Stabat Mater (not carried out as typically appropriately) alongside Richard Blackford’s latest setting of the identical textual content. The three cathedral choirs shall be coming collectively for a efficiency of Haydn’s The Creation.
The 1939 competition was cancelled, because of the onset of the Second World Battle. One of many works on account of be premiered at that competition was Gerald Finzi’s Dies Natalis (it will definitely premiered on the 1946 competition), and at this yr’s competition there’s a likelihood to hear the work as initially deliberate, with a soprano fairly than tenor soloist. One other work which had an analogous destiny was Sir George Dyson’s Quo Vadis, and this yr’s competition is giving us an opportunity to listen to this not often carried out, large-scale work for soloists choir and orchestra. Richard Hickox recorded it again in 2002, however few individuals can have had the prospect to listen to it stay.
Full particulars from the good new competition web site, which has additionally been given a little bit of a spruce up.