Sunday 5 April 2020
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Sea Symphony
ELGAR: Sea Pictures
PARRY: Blest Pair of Sirens
Conductor: Christopher Fletcher
Soloists: TBA
Tickets available: £17 in advance, £19 on the door, £5 under 16s/students*
Tickets available soon from choir members and from:
Tickets online: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/482886
Choir ticket manager: 01822 853791
Plymouth: Framing Centre, 83 Hyde Park Rd. 01752 255020
Tavistock: Mainly Stationery, 9 Duke St. 01822 618500
£17 in advance, £19 at the door, under 16s/students £5

CHRISTOPHER FLETCHER  Conductor

Christopher Fletcher considers himself to be both fortunate and privileged to have been Plymouth Philharmonic Choir’s conductor since 1996, during which time the choir has come to be recognised as one of the best in the South West. As well as the choir’s regular concerts with professional orchestras and soloists in Plymouth he has conducted the choir in cathedrals and churches all over Europe, including Notre Dame in Paris.

Christopher was born in Leeds. At an early age he began to show considerable musical talent. At the age of ten he won the Northern Choirboy’s Championship in Harrogate singing Hear ye Israel from Mendelssohn’s Elijah and two years after this he became the first boy treble in the Bradford Diocese to be awarded the R.S.C.M. St. Nicolas Award.

In 1978 Christopher was awarded a scholarship to study at Trinity College of Music, London. After graduating Christopher moved to South Devon, since when he has been actively involved in choral singing, church music and teaching. He has been organist and Master of Music at Plymouth R. C. Cathedral since 2001, previously holding a similar post at the Parish and Priory Church of St. Mary, Totnes.

In addition to Plymouth Philharmonic Choir, Christopher is also currently conductor of the Stanborough Chorus, Kingsbridge, and is a former conductor of The Lupridge Singers, The Chagford Singers and the South Devon Choir.

As well as being in demand as a workshop teacher, Christopher helped to found the annual Rotary Club Come and Sing in1999.This is now an annual event which, under his direction, regularly attracts two hundred singers from all over Devon and beyond.

In 2008 he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International.

TBA

Vaughan Williams’ matchless Sea Symphony was one of the first symphonies in which a choir is used throughout the work and is an integral part of the musical texture, A Sea Symphony helped set the stage for a new era of symphonic and choral music in Britain during the first half of the 20th century.

Sea Pictures, Op. 37 is a song cycle by Sir Edward Elgar consisting of five songs written by various poets. It was set for contralto and orchestra, though a distinct version for piano was often performed by Elgar.

Hubert Parry’s Blest Pair of Sirens is a short, popular work and is Parry’s ecstatic setting for chorus of Milton’s ode, At a solemn Musick.

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