Edge Chamber Choir set to make Ludlow debut

The Edge Chamber Choir is to make its debut in Ludlow tomorrow. Saxophone player Alison Dodd is pictured.

The Edge Chamber Choir is to make its debut in Ludlow tomorrow. Saxophone player Alison Dodd is pictured.

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THE Edge Chamber Choir, described as a fusion of voices and the saxophone, is set to make its debut in Ludlow.

A varied programme has been chosen for the choir's first concert in the town tomorrow.

One of the highlights will be The Son of God Mass by James Whitbourn which uses a soprano saxophone with the choir.

The saxophone is not often used in classical choral music and the soprano saxophone in particular has a haunting sound which will ring round the high ceiling of St Laurence's church.

A saxophone will also be used in Geoffrey Burgon's version of the Nunc Dimittis, which may be remembered from the TV series, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and another Nunc Dimittis by Christian Forshaw.

This latter piece has yet to be published and Christian has produced copies especially for the choir.

Lovers of Benjamin Britten will be pleased to hear that the choir will be singing two of his works, his joyful Jubilate Deo, and the popular cantata, Rejoice in the Lamb.

The concert will be conducted by Ros Crouch and the choir is lucky to have gained the services of organist Tim Harper as accompanist.

Tim, who is assistant organist at Birmingham Cathedral and has been appointed as assistant director of music at Ripon Cathedral from September, is giving an organ recital earlier in the day also at St Laurence's.

It all starts at 7.30pm at St Laurence's Church. Tickets are £7.50 and are available from Ludlow Assembly Rooms box office on 01584 878141.

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