One of the great pieces of Easter music, along with a more modern classic for the season, will be performed by Wakefield Festival Chorus at their spring 2016 concert.
The church of St Mary Magdalene, Outwood, will be the setting for Olivet To Calvary, John Henry Maunder's cantata composed in 1905, with words by Shapcott Wensley, which traces Christ's journey from the first Palm Sunday through to Good Friday. Although Maunder's cantatas seem to have gone out of fashion in recent decades, Olivet To Calvary remains a staple of the Easter choral canon, and is full of melody and some superb harmonies.
The second piece to be given an airing will be Requiem by one of the most popular and prolific contemporary composers, John Rutter. Combining parts of the Latin requiem mass with settings of psalms sung in English, it was first performed in 1985 and includes Rutter's version of Psalm 23, The Lord Is My Shepherd, popularised as the theme to The Vicar of Dibley.
The choir will be joined by three guest soloists: Kathryn Davies (soprano), Peter Cain (tenor) and Andrew Revons (bass), with organ accompaniment by Sachin Gunga. The Festival Chorus musical director, Paul Dewhurst, will conduct proceedings.
The concert takes place on Saturday March 19, at 7.30pm, and tickets are £10 from the church, which is on Leeds Road (A61, 110 bus route, satnav WF1 2JS), by calling 01924 476721 or via www.wegottickets.com. Accompanied children under 16 are admitted for free.