The JCS links up with the Pro Musica Choir from the University of Vilnius in an exciting collaboration on choral works by British and Lithuanian composers at joint concerts in Lithuania and London this autumn.
The two choirs will perform a programme including Angelus autem Domini, a substantial piece arranged for four choirs by one of Lithuania’s best-known composers, Vytautas Miškinis, as well as a folksong arrangement by Lina Kairytė and Gabriel Jackson’s O sacrum convivium. Pro Musica, conducted by Rasa Gelgotiene, will perform music by Rachmaninov, Algirdas Martinaitis, Giedrius Svilainis and Sir John Tavener. The JCS, under Peter Broadbent, will sing pieces by Gabriel Jackson, Tarik O’Regan, Sir James MacMillan and Miškinis.
The Vilnius University choir Pro Musica was founded in 2004 and as a relatively young ensemble has since quickly reached astonishing musical results. Pro Musica is a winner of several international choral contests and has toured not only in most European countries, but also in Russia, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil and USA. This internationally acclaimed choir has based its repertoire on the great choral masterpieces including the Requiem Masses by Verdi and Mozart and major works by Bach and Rossini, as well as gems of orthodox sacred music by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, and works by contemporary composers such as Ola Gjeilo, Karl Jenkins and David Fanshawe.
The choir has organised and participated in many international exchange projects, preparing programmes dedicated to Nordic, Latin-American, Brazilian, Russian and American music. This project is its first major collaboration with a British choir.
The Joyful Company will visit Lithuania to perform with Pro Musica in Vilnius and Moletai on 21st and 22nd October, before hosting their joint concert at St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London on Saturday 4th November at 7.30pm.