11:30, Victor Salvi Room, Wales Millennium Centre, 07/06/2014
Come and Sing: Choruses from Haydn's Creation with Adrian Partington
Adrian, alongside his old friend and distinguished accompanist Steve Kings rehearse the choruses of Haydn’s Creation to get your classical taste buds flowing! Scores will be provided but if you’ve got your own please bring it along. The session can only hold 130 people so get booking!
Adrian Partington has enjoyed an usually varied musical career and has been admired for his performances as conductor, continuo player and organist.
He is a highly experienced choral conductor and is currently Conductor and Artistic Director of BBC National Chorus of Wales and the Bristol Choral Society. He is Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral.
Arian lives in a beautiful little close called Millers Green, right next to Gloucester Cathedral, because that is the Director of Music’s house, and has been for a very long time. It’s an ancient building and, though he was totally sceptical and cynical, he is now convinced there are ghosts there. "I have seen a young girl in a smock with long, flowing hair walk through our bedroom. Thinking it was our daughter, I called out to her but she ignored me and disappeared into a cupboard, which used to be a doorway into the adjacent house."
Adrian firmly believes that we have got to find a way to let our heritage live on. British choral tradition is absolutely unique and, without our generation making an effort, it could easily dwindle. "There are so many other attractions for young people that the thought of singing in a choir for a couple of hours on a Monday evening is very low on the agenda. That’s partly because they haven’t had a massive amount of choral singing in schools; but, once introduced to it, there are very few that don’t thereafter make it a part of their lives."
Adrian particularly loves the great British choral tradition and if he had to choose one work for his Desert Island it would have to be The Dream of Gerontius.