Video: Leading the way to bring musical favourites to life at classic concert
A RENOWNED classical composer from Lincolnshire – who was commissioned by Prince Charles to write for him – will conduct Louth Choral Society.
Patrick Hawes will lead Songs Of Songs at St James' Church, in Louth, this Sunday, at 7.30pm.
Joined by soloist Natalie Clifton-Griffiths, the choir will perform one of his major choral works, Songs Of Songs, a setting of six songs taken from the Old Testament book Song Of Solomon, which are love poems written almost 3,000 years ago.
Other musical favourites will include pieces by Benjamin Britten, Edvard Grieg, Franz Liszt, Anton Bruckner and Henry Purcell.
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Patrick, a former pupil of De Aston School, in Market Rasen, said: "I am really looking forward to come to Louth because I love the parish church.
"It is such an inspiring place and it has marvelous acoustics. I would say I prefer it to Lincoln Cathedral, because the Lincoln place of worship is too big for acoustics.
"The last time I visited Louth was in 2008 performing the Lazarus Requiem and it was very well-received.
"I still have a lot of family in Grimsby, too."
At Songs Of Songs, the choir will be joined with soloists from St John's College Cambridge including; counter tenor Oliver El-Holtby, Pietro Lusvardi on double bass, and Rowena Bass, who was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician Of The Year and principal harpist in the National Youth Orchestra. Further musical accompaniment will be provided by Raven. This all-female ensemble recently came to national attention as the resident string quartet on the BBC's Maestro programme.
More recently they gained world attention when they appeared alongside Madness in the Olympics closing ceremony.
Patrick, who enjoys watching horse racing, said: "I have got something huge in the pipeline coming up and also I have recently been commissioned by the Sheringham & Cromer Choral Society to write a major new work to commemorate the centenary next year of the outbreak of the First World War.
"It is very exciting and I have put a lot of research into it. As a composer I am always learning and I enjoy learning something new.
"Even if people aren't churchgoers, they will still enjoy this concert."
Tickets cost £12 (reserved) and £8 (unreserved) and are available from Eve & Ranshaw, in Louth, Caxton Theatre Ticket Office at Grimsby Library, or by calling 01507 463410.
Further information about the concert and the performers can by found on the choir's website louthchoral.co.uk.
For more information about Patrick, visit www.patrickhawes.com
ON THE WEB: Visit www.this isgrimsby.co.uk to view a video of some of Patrick's work.