Schola Cantorum Jubilate & Glen Dempsey in concert this Sunday
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Gozitan choir Schola Cantorum Jubilate, will be taking part in a 3-day Master Class led by Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle – Glen Dempsey.
These master classes will be followed by a Concert of Modern Music at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral next Sunday at 8pm, which is part of the Modern Music Days.
Modern Music Days is a new initiative committed to promote the performance and understanding of 20th century and contemporary music in Malta.
MMD is organised by Teatru Manoel and the Malta Association for Contemporary Music (MACM) with the support of the Valletta 2018 Foundation and the Ministry for Finance.
The events for 2014, which are under the artistic direction of Ruben Zahra will take place between October and December 2014
The programme includes four concerts which will be held in the coming autumn. October will include two of these concerts – Modern Music Days | Powerplant (UK) and Modern Music Days | Choir & Organ (UK / Malta).
The first concert will be held at the Teatru Manoel on Saturday, the 11th of October at 8pm. The concert will feature percussion and eletronica collective led by British percussionist Joby Burgess, incorporating sound design by Matthew Fairclough and visuals by Kathy Hinde.The following day, Sunday, the 12th of October, it is the turn of the Schola Cantorum Jubilate and Glen Dempsey, to perform in concert, which will be held at St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral in Valletta, starting at 8pm.
The programme for Sunday’s concert is as follows:
PHILIP GLASS – METAMORPHOSIS TWO
BENJAMIN BRITTEN – TE DEUM IN C MAJOR
CHRISTOPHER MUSCAT – JUBILATE DEO
OLIVIER MESSIAEN- DIEU PARMI NOUS (FROM LA NATIVITÈ)
RUBEN ZAHRA – VRBE NOVA
JOHN TAVENER – THE LAMB
DAVID LANG – ORDINARY
BENJAMIN BRITTEN – SACRED AND PROFANE
BOB CHILCOTT – EVEN SUCH IS TIME
LEONARD BERNSTEIN – CHICHESTER PSALMS.
In demand as a conductor, organist, pianist and singer, Glen Dempsey is a versatile young musician based in Windsor. After learning the rudiments of music as a chorister in Bury St Edmunds, Glen studied organ and piano with Michael Nicholas and voice with Katharine Thomas.
He was then awarded the Christopher Ross Scholarship at the Purcell School for Young Musicians, where studies continued with Stephen Disley, Anne Marsden Thomas, Tom Marandola and Alla Kravchenko. Presently, Glen is Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where he accompanies and conducts the world-famous choir and studies the organ with Ann Elise Smoot.
He is also accompanist to the Windsor and Eton Choral Society, a 150-strong choir who rehearse at Eton College, and sings with the Rodolfus Choir. During the academic year 2014/15 Glen will be taught by renowned early music specialist Jacques van Oortmerssen at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, after which he will take up the Organ Scholarship at St John’s College, Cambridge.
The other two activities will present the Brno Contemporary Orchestra that will hold also a series of master classes leading to a recital of 20th century and contemporary music under the direction of Pavel Snäjdr.
Later on, there will be also workshops and improvisation classes and inter-active sessions for students between the ages of 8-12. Children will explore the world of prepared piano, recycled percussion, sound sculptures and electronic music leading to a collective composition and performance.