A moving programme of choral music on the theme of Peace and Reconciliation is being presented at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 12th November, at 7.30pm.
The concert, directed by Steven Grahl and performed by the Peterborough Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir and Festival Chorus, will feature music by the 20th century composers Duruflé, Mauersberger and Bairstow. It also includes a rarely heard a piece by Herbert Howells, written to commemorate the death of John F Kennedy in 1963.
Two of the works in the concert programme were composed during the turbulent years of World War II. Indeed the piece by the German composer Mauersberger was first performed in 1945 in Dresden, with the composer using a pile of rubble in the ruined Kreuzchor (Church of the Holy Cross) as a podium.
This concert is the first time that the “almost re-pitched” Cathedral organ will be used in concert, played by the Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, David Humphreys. The instrument was previously at old Philharmonic pitch, which was significantly different to the standard pitch of other musical instruments. So far 75% of its 5,286 pipes have been lengthened to so that they play at standard pitch, with the remainder due for completion by the end of the year.
David Humphreys said: “It’s wonderful to be able to play our fantastic Cathedral organ again, even in an incomplete state, and to have a foretaste of just how good it will be when the project is finished later this year.”
Tickets for the concert are £20 or £15 for reserved seats and £10 for unreserved side aisle seats. They are available via the Cathedral’s webpage for this event or from Peterborough Information Centre on 01733 452336, Oundle Box Office on 01832 274734 or Stamford Arts Centre on 01780 763203.