Chris Allard and Colchester Chamber Choir: Modern Jazz meets Renaissance masterpieces
A remarkable evening of music fusion is happening on Sunday 19th March when Wivenhoe’s internationally-acclaimed jazz guitarist Chris Allard joins Colchester Chamber Choir for Song of Songs, a concert of 16th and 17th century choral masterpieces interwoven with modern jazz improvisations.
This imaginative and adventurous programme offers a unique opportunity for fans of both modern jazz and early music. The choir will perform extraordinary and wonderful vocal settings of that most sensual of biblical books, The Song of Songs, by Renaissance composers including Palestrina, Guerrero, Victoria, Lassus and others. Chris will interpret the music through his own jazz improvisations both separately and interwoven with the singing.
‘I’m thrilled to be performing with this marvellous choir. It’s a really interesting programme, and this concept is a first for me. To improvise within and around these beautiful and complex Renaissance choral works will be an exciting challenge, aiming to play in a way that is both relevant to the original composition as well as providing a contemporary counterpoint to it. I am really looking forward to it and I’m sure it will make a fascinating evening for classical and jazz fans alike.’
The concert on Sunday 19th March 2017 at 7pm is at St Peter ad Vincula Church, Coggeshall. More information and tickets at £16, under 30s £10 or full time students £5 are available at www.colchesterchamberchoir.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org .