Francis Poulenc: Gloria
Joseph Canteloube: Selection from Songs of the Auvergne
Maurice Duruflé: Requiem
This concert celebrates French repertoire that blends orchestral and vocal forces with magnificent results.
Poulenc's 'Gloria' is one of his most ambitious works, with solo soprano and chorus expressing Latin texts for which, as a devout Catholic, Poulenc felt a special reverence.
Canteloube's sensual 'Songs of the Auvergne' take us from heavenly pleasures to earthly ones. These glorious settings of Auvergne folk songs are sung in the local dialect, Occitan, accompanied by Canteloube's colourful orchestration.
Duruflé's Requiem dates from the mid-20th century, but his use of Gregorian chant gives the work timeless and deeply spiritual qualities.
The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, 6.30pm, 'RPO resound - Create, Collaborate', Free.
RPO resound, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's Community & Education Department, have partnered up with the Orpheus Centre - an organisation that specialises in helping to promote the transition and personal development through the arts in young adults with learning disabilities.
Under the expert guidance of workshop leader Paul Griffiths and a group of RPO musicians, 13 students from the Orpheus Centre have composed songs and instrumental compositions inspired by Canteloube's piece, 'Songs of the Auvergne'.
The performance of these new works takes place moments before the RPO performs Canteloube's masterpiece in full at 7.30pm in the main auditorium.Performers
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
David Hill conductor
Sarah Fox soprano
Kitty Whately mezzo-soprano
Benedict Nelson baritone
The Bach Choir