The programme is underpinned by Russian orthodox and folk musical themes
A specially devised performance pairing the mesmerising psalm settings of the Rachmaninov All Night Vigil with selected movements of Britten’s Cello Suites Nos 1 and 3 and their Russian folk like themes.
Rachmaninov (1873-1943) wrote his All-Night Vigil in under two weeks during January and February of 1915 and it premiered in Moscow on 10th March, just days before Wimbledon Choral Society's very first public concert on the Monday 22nd in Wimbledon.
The work is often mis-named simply as Vespers. In fact only the first six movements are associated with the Russian Orthodox canonical hour of Vespers. The All Night Vigil was one of the composer's favourite works - notably so the fifth movement, Nunc Dimittis. He asked for this particular item to be sung at his funeral but alas that was not to happen. The movement is noted for its ending where the basses drop to the bottom B flat below the stave. Be assured WCS does have at least one bass who can plumb those depths!