Local composers feature in Heber Opera’s ‘Afternoon of seasonal favourites’

  • Posted on: 22 November 2022
  • By: Michael Withers

Heber Opera is never one to miss the opportunity to promote great music by local composers! Our programme on 3 December will feature three pieces by composers based in the south-east of England.

Peace on Earth by Mark Browse

We have sung this beautiful piece by Mark on several occasions and are looking forward to singing it again. Mark himself wrote both the words and the music for this lovely, evocative piece. His catalogue of pieces includes opera, oratorio and instrumental music. Mark was brought up in Sittingbourne and now lives in West Sussex.

God bless us every one by Nick Bicât

Nick Bicat is a BAFTA winning composer with a back-catalogue of over 150 scores and soundtracks for film, television, theatre and the concert hall. The carol ‘God bless us every one’ was written for the 1984 film A Christmas Carol, which starred George C. Scott. We have sung this joyful piece several times but Nick has prepared a new version that we shall be using this year.

Quem pastores laudavere by Tim Nail

Tim – who is Heber Opera’s regular repetiteur – is also an experienced composer. His recent Requiem was performed in Arundel Cathedral in October 2022. He has written many choral pieces and solo songs as well as opera and sacred music, and this will be the first performance of his Quem pastores laudavere.

Other items featured in the programme will include ‘O Holy Night’ (Adolphe Adam) and ‘Three Kings from Persian Lands (Peter Cornelius) with soloists Matt Connolly and Steve Hawksley, plus ‘Shepherds’ farewell’ by Berlioz and a host of other seasonal pieces.

During the interval mince pies and mulled wine will be served and accompanied by music from Heber Opera’s friends Double Duos.

The second half will feature well-known carols and an opportunity for the audience to join in.

Tickets are available now and selling fast!