A musical story of Creation presented in concert by Aylesbury Choral Society

Aylesbury Choral Society rehearsing Martin How's Advent Cantata
Aylesbury Choral Society rehearsing Martin How's Advent Cantata

A sumptuous feast of inspirational music is on the programme in a special concert at the parish church on Saturday evening (December 5).

Aylesbury Choral Society present Advent Cantata by Martin How and carols for audience and choir at St Mary’s Church in the old town.

Martin How has spent most of his career with the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) where he was known principally as a choir trainer specialising in the training and motivation of young singers.

He was awarded the MBE for services to church music in the 1993 New Years Honours List.

His Advent Cantata was first perfomed in a St Cecilia’s Day concert in Croydon Minster in November 2012.

In the beginning God created the heav’n and the earth - thus begins this full scale work in three sections which uses a number of familiar seasonal texts to reflect the Creation story, Christ’s birth, and the expectation of humankind.

Adent Cantata is scored for narrator (tenor), soprano solo, speaker, semi-chorus, a full chorus, solo violin, timpani and organ. To conclude each section there is a congregational hymn.

Those familiar with Martin How’s work will recognise his organ arrangement of the last verse of Lo he comes with clouds descending, which was composed during his prominent career at the RSCM.

Several movements will be known to many church musicians as self contained pieces which can be performed by small church choirs.

Advent Cantata, a reworking of a longer work, Alpha and Omega, is one of a suite of three seasonal cantatas, the others being for Lent and Easter.

The concert starts at 7.30pm on Saturday. Tickets cost £12, under 18s £5, and are available from 01296 640221 or any choir member.