“Some words they can’t be spoken, only sung.” The opening line from “Sing”, written by Gary Barlow and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, was performed to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of HRH The Queen.
Appropriate it is to be performed beside the diamond in Coleraine, this Easter. It’s just one of the amazing songs audiences will enjoy on Friday 26th as part of the Rhythm of the Bann Festival. The Harmony Concert is taking place in the stunning St Malachy’s Chapel with three highly talented choirs – Adoro, Cantemus and the Dalriada Chamber Choir- performing songs by British, American, Irish-Norwegian and Welsh artists.
Only in Coleraine this Easter will the music of Barry Manilow, Gary Barlow, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Simon and Garfunkel and Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber be under one glorious roof.
From Carousel and The Lion King to the ethereal “Adiemus” written by Welsh composer by Karl Jenkins, the play list is full of international award-winning music. Composer Marvin Hamlisch is one of only a few to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Pulitzer, Tony and Golden Globe Awards for his music, including “One” from A Chorus Line which will have you step, kick and ball change in your seat. All under the artful arrangement and proud direction of Magherafelt’s very own Ashley Fulton.
Another proud conductor, Heather Montgomery of Dalriada Chamber Choir, will repeat their BBC School Choir of the Year 2019 runner up performance of “Northern Lights” by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.
Sharing the stage are local talents, Cantemus, with a cross-community membership from all walks of life, sharing a love of choral church music. Anthems, psalms and hymns – they sing both ancient and modern repertoire, from Bach to Stopford; Wesley to Parry! All under the talented leadership of Musical Director Tony Morrison. Local violinist Jasmine Morris, a member of the Ulster Youth Orchestra and former winner of the Robert Lewin Scholarship, will also add to this musical evening.
So get ready for the upcoming new Lion King movie with Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Circle of Life”; or tap into the Rodgers and Hammerstein world wide show tune from Carousel, ‘You’ll never walk alone’; and enjoy the Secret Garden and Brian Kennedy song “You Raise Me Up”.
The Rhythm of the Bann festival in Coleraine on April on the 26th and 27th in various venues throughout Coleraine town. It includes workshops during the day and two spectacular evening shows, all brought to you under the artful direction of our very own greatest showman, Peter Corry on behalf of the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council.
Details of all shows, tickets and how to get involved in the workshops, can be found on http://bit.ly/2UGWdg9