Singing Hebrew in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms is a challenge for the 99 percent of the Choir that doesn't speak the language. It doesn't matter that we don't understand the words and must master unfamiliar stresses, vowel sounds and sibilance. The result is wonderfully satisfying - for the rhythms and resonance of the words are an integral part of the music - that's why Bernstein used the language of his Jewish faith - even though the Work was written for an English cathedral.
The Choir, and the Thames Festival Orchestra are performing Chichester Psalms, and Mozart's Requiem at Cadogan Hall on 10 March, with professional soloists Theo Golden, Katherine Crompton, Edward Grint and Adam Tunnicliffe. Book online at www.cadoganhall.com
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