Tonight I attended a concert in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. It was held in St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow, and consisted of the RSAMD Chamber Choir under the unforgettable Frikki Walker. It being Lady Day and our cathedral being dedicated to St Mary, there was a leaning towards music dedicated to her.
It started with the magnificent Haydn ‘Te Deum in C’, which is not normally sung during the season of Lent, but was a fitting opening piece. Geoffrey Woollatt at the organ gave us a Charles Tournemire ‘Improvisation on the Te Deum’, showing us his virtuosity.
Grieg’s ‘Ave Maris Stella’ by the choir, followed by the organ piece by Jean Langlais, ‘Ave Maria, Ave Maris Stella’, and Gorecki’s delightful ‘ Totus Tuus’ made a lovely little group.
The music of Bob Chilcott (whose Jazz Mass we have heard in the Cathedral) featured next as we heard his ‘Missa Cantate’….a strange piece, involving extempore singing….
A thumping ‘March Triomphale’ by Dubois, and samuel Sebastian Wesley’s ‘Ascribe unto the Lord’ brought to an end an event that went to prove that music is alive and kicking, and that the RSAMD is doing a fine job!!