Spring concert to celebrate one of England's finest composers
A spring concert in honour of arguably the finest English composer of the past century takes place on Saturday at St Cuthbert's Church, in Wells.
Throughout his life Benjamin Britten wrote for choirs of all sizes and abilities.
He had the deepest respect for the English choral tradition and nobody in the 20th century did more to ensure its healthy future.
While some of Britten's work can be difficult to understand all of this programme is accessible as much of it was written for performance by children and amateurs.
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Among his pieces for choir, the Beaumont Singers are performing one of his earliest published compositions – a hymn to the virgin, which he composed aged 17.
Also they will be singing Jubilate Deo, which was written at the request of the Duke of Edinburgh for St George's Chapel, Windsor.
The concert will include pieces by older English choral masters including Henry Purcell and William Byrd.
And it will feature the ever-popular Five Negro Spirituals by Michael Tippett.
Jonathan Vaughn, Wells Cathedral's assistant organist, will be playing.
The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £10 in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or on the door.