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Cheltenham Choral Society Winter Concert

Antonio Vivaldi


‪Saturday 19th November 2016, 7.30pm

Pittville Pump Room

Tickets £15 Adults - £5 under 13s all unreserved

Available on the door & from

Cheltenham Town Hall Box Office

0844 576 2210


Cheltenham Choral Society 

Ian Higginson: Conductor

English Concertante Orchestra: Leader: Ben Hall

Neil Fortin: Continuo Organ

Soprano: Hannah Davey


Cheltenham Choral Society performs the well known and well loved version of the Gloria (RV589), joined by soloists and orchestra, and conducted by Ian Higginson.  Written around 1715, this is the better known setting of the Gloria, simply known as the Vivaldi "Gloria" due to its outstanding popularity.  It is renowned for its beautiful arias and festive mood.

RV 589 has also been used in a number of films. The first movement featured in the 1996 Scott Hicks film Shine about pianist David Helfgott, as well as in the 2011 film The Hunter.  An adaptation of the second movement was used with profound effect in the final climactic scenes of the 1985 Andrei Konchalovsky film Runaway Train


Vivaldi's Magnificat RV610 in G minor is a less well known gem by the Italian master, more solemn in tone, yet equally unmissable. It was probably written for the Pietà around 1715 and is preserved in a copy made for the Cistercian monastery of Osek fairly soon afterwards.  The Magnificat is notable for its conciseness.  As it is a setting of the canticle sung at every Vesper service, it was inevitably destined to be repeated time after time, and this is perhaps the reason why Vivaldi exercised such restraint.

Earlier Event: November 19
Chipping Norton Farmers Market
Later Event: November 20