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Sunday 14 May 2017, 3pm

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Granta Chorale

Granta Chorale

Presented by Saffron Hall

Sacred music is usually heard in a church setting, but when Granta Chorale presents a sumptuous and hugely varied programme of sacred pieces at Saffron Hall on Sunday 14 May, the clear, warm acoustic of the hall will shine its own light on this wide-ranging music.

Bach’s 20-minute masterpiece Jesu, meine Freude features amid a host of other pieces from different eras. There are lively renaissance rhythms in Byrd’s Laudibus in Sanctis, pure Italian opera style in Verdi’s heartfelt homage to the Virgin Mary for women’s voices, and rich French 20th century harmonies in well-loved motets by Duruflé and Poulenc. These are all true choral classics, often heard on radio, but Granta Chorale also embraces newer repertoire in a sprinkling of pieces by current day composers.

Two popular pieces from James MacMillan’s Strathclyde Motets are O Radiant Dawn and Data Est Mihi Potestas. With roots closer to Saffron Walden, there’s Factus Est Repente (Suddenly there came a sound from heaven) from composer and choir member Sarah Cattley, while a new work from the choir’s conductor Janet Wheeler By Thee I will Abide briefly parallels some of the themes of Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude, ending with a soothing lullaby.

This concert will finish at approximately 4.45pm

Performance information

Booking information


Under 25s can purchase half price tickets for this show.

Ten for £10

This event is not part of our Ten for £10 scheme.

Information for your visit

Sunday 14 May 2017, 3pm


All timings are approximate and will be updated closer to the show date. Please check the website on the day of the performance for up-to-date information.

Latecomers can usually be admitted at a suitable gap within the performance.

Additional information


For this event, drinks are not allowed in the auditorium.


We are unable to allow any bags into the performance space which are larger than a hand bag or small backpack. Unfortunately our cloakroom will not be in operation.

Booster seats not available

Buggy parking not available

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