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1st February 2016. Press Release


A new musical composition specially written by Urmston Choral Society’s accompanist, Gareth Curtis, is to have its world premiere when the Choir perform it at St. Monica’s Church, Irlam Road in Flixton, on Wednesday, May 11.

Entitled ‘Reflections’, the piece consists of four movements loosely based on extracts from the Work, but also joining these with other texts, particularly the Bible. Each movement has a title – Out of the Depths, Vision, Song and Dismissal. The composition lasts about 45 minutes, with the remainder of the concert comprising music by well-known composer, John Rutter, and featuring soloists Margo Campbell (soprano) and Maurice Rushby (baritone). ‘Reflections’ will also be something of a “family affair” with Gareth’s wife, Margaret, narrating some of the texts and daughter, Miriam Graham, joining him in the piano duet accompaniment. The Choir will be under the leadership of their Musical Director, Julie Parker.

Said Gareth, who has spent most of the last forty years as a music lecturer: “I was approached by Urmston Choral’s committee to ask if I thought I could write something substantial for the Choir’s 75th anniversary. Despite my limited experience of composing such an extended piece of music, I found myself warming to the task. In the end, I’ve aimed to write something which the Choral Society would enjoy singing but which might also set people thinking. After all, if you’re going to make anyone listen to you for half a concert, you’ve got to provide something for them to get their teeth into.”

The concert will also be performed at St. Werburgh’s Church, Wilbraham Road in Chorlton, on Saturday, May 14, both starting at 7.30pm. Tickets priced at £8, £6 (concessions) and £2 (students/children) are available from Maxine Summers, Tel: 0161 748 0903.