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Saturday 3 November 7:30pm

£13 – £31

Hymn of Praise

Canterbury Cathedral

Brahms Song of Destiny Op. 54

Brahms Alto Rhapsody Op. 53

Mendelssohn Lobgesang Op. 52 ‘Hymn of Praise’


Canterbury Choral Society

Rebecca Lea                       Soprano
Madeleine Shaw                Mezzo soprano
Peter Auty                           Tenor
Richard Cooke                    Conductor



This concert performance closes the Canterbury Festival with a romantic flourish. Brahms’ choral writing was centred on his German Requiem, but there are shorter works of similar quality, two of which – The Alto Rhapsody for alto solo, men’s choir and orchestra, and the Song of Destiny, will be performed by the choir and orchestra in the first half of the concert.

Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2, Lobgesang, better known as Hymn of Praise, follows. A favourite of the choral repertoire ever since it was written in 1840, it has a similar structure to Beethoven’s 9th with three orchestral movements preceding the grand, extended choral finale. Hymn of Praise ends with a burst of uplifting energy and fiery choruses, offset by enchantingly lyrical orchestral writing and solos arias.

Tickets: £13 – £31
Canterbury Cathedral
Cathedral House
Canterbury, Ct1 2EH United Kingdom