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Camilla Jeppeson sings with Bury Bach Choir on 10 November.

Bury Bach Choir is delighted that Camilla Jeppeson is making a very welcome return to sing with us in the Apex at our "War and Peace" concert on 10 November, for the Armistice Centenary; she last sang with the choir in "The Glory of France", a concert of French music in St Edmundsbury Cathedral in June 2014. Camilla seems equally pleased: ‘I am very much looking forward to singing with the Bury Bach Choir again; they are a very welcoming choir and are such a pleasure to sing with’.

Camilla will sing the hauntingly beautiful soprano solos in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem – relatively short, but of pivotal importance to the piece. She says ‘The recurring plea for peace throughout the score is chameleon-like; at first ethereal, later sobering and solemn and ultimately heart-wrenching, especially so as we will be singing it on the eve of such a momentous anniversary’.

Camilla studied as a pianist before…
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War and Peace – a concert to commemorate the Armistice Centenary.

On 10 November the Bury Bach Choir will perform a concert for Remembrance weekend at The Apex, opening with Benjamin Britten’s Fanfare for St Edmundsbury, followed by Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, and concluding, after the interval, with Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem. [see previous blog]

Britten’s Fanfare for St Edmundsbury was composed in 1959 for the Pageant of Magna Carta in the grounds of the cathedral. It’s less than three minutes long, for three trumpets, which each play a short solo and then come together for an emphatic and thrilling finale. Because it is so short it is rarely performed, but its evocation of the Last Post, through the clarity of its trumpets, fits our theme beautifully.

Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem began as an organ mass during World War II, but after the death of his father, to whom it is dedicated, he changed it to a requiem mass, and it was published in 1947.

Duruflé belongs to the tradit…