San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Amicus Orchestra and Glasgow Chamber Choir, two of Scotland's most innovative and exciting ensembles, collaborate for the first time for a concert in the majestic Glasgow University's Memorial Chapel. The concert, conducted by Michael Bawtree, will include a performance of Haydn’s thrilling Harmoniemesse and the Scottish premiere of British composer Judith Bingham’s The Christmas Truce, as well as music for wind ensemble by Richard Strauss. The Christmas Truce, composed in 2003, movingly tells the story of the temporary armistice on Christmas Day 1914 in the trenches of northern France. Bingham combines texts from diaries, private letters and news reports, alongside German and English Christmas carols, into a haunting meditation on that extraordinary day. An apt performance for the Memorial Chapel, itself built to commemorate members of the University killed in the Great War.