Karl Jenkins Stabat Mater in Manchester

Join us to sing Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater in Didsbury in June.  With a performance on the evening of Saturday June 8th followed by refreshments and time to socialise with your friends in the audience, this is a rare chance to learn and perform the splendid work from the composer of The Armed Man.

Stabat Mater is a 13th Century poem attributed to the Catholic poet Jacopone da Todi.  The title is an abbreviation of the first line Stabat Mater dolorosa (The sorrowful mother was standing) and is a reflection and meditation of the suffering of Mary, the mother of Jesus, as she stands at the foot of the cross during his crucifixion.  It has been set to music by many composers, including Vivaldi, Rossini, Pergolesi and Poulenc, in a variety of different styles.  Jenkins works in a variety of different styles from around the world to bring a light and fresh touch to the work, with influences from Jazz, Folk and middle-Eastern music as well as the western classical tradition.

As well as the original Latin text, Jenkins brings in new texts from other sources, and includes words in Latin, English, Greek, and Aramaic (the common language of the Holy Land at the time of Christ).

The Espressivo performance

We will run a series of six rehearsals on Wednesday evenings in Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church, from 7.30-9.45pm.  The first rehearsal will be on Wednesday 1st May, and will run through to Wednesday 5th June. 

If we reach a minimum of 15 singers wishing to rehearse in Bolton then we will run a rehearsal group in Bolton on Tuesday evenings.

Concert performance will be at Emmanuel Church, Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury on Saturday 8th June at 7.30pm with a rehearsal from 4pm in the afternoon.

Vocal Coach: Richard will take the rehearsal for the launch event and direct the concert, Roly will take the Wednesday evening rehearsals.

Cost: £75.00 including a copy of the score for you to keep.  If you have your own score, or would prefer to purchase your own score then the cost of rehearsals and performance is £65.00

Rehearsal CDs: We will not be producing rehearsal CDs for this concert, but rehearsal tracks are available to purchase as CDs, downloads or through the Choraline app from choraline.com.  We are endeavouring to negotiate a 10% discount on choraline purchases for Espressivo members.

Sign up: Use the online form at the bottom of this page to signup, or email sing@espressivochorus.com to tell us that you wish to take part.  Please note that it is very important that sign ups are completed as soon as possible, and in any event by Wednesday 24th April in order that scores can be purchased ready for the first rehearsal.