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Voices to fill church

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

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ON SATURDAY St Michael's Church, Helston, will be echoing to the sound of around 100 assembled voices singing Pietro Mascagni's one-act opera, Cavalleria Rusticana.

For the first time, Helston Chamber Choir is collaborating with two other choirs to produce what will undoubtedly be a memorable concert. The Mabe Ladies' Choir and the Marazion Apollo Male Choir will join forces with Helston under the musical directorship of Rico Gerber, who conceived this exciting and innovative project.

During the first half of the programme, the choirs will each perform works from their individual repertoires, providing a rich and varied selection of choral styles.

They will be joined in the second half of the concert by soloists from the New Cornwall Opera Group and the New Cornwall Opera Orchestra, to perform the concert version of Cavalleria Rusticana.

The work was written in 1890 by Mascagni, whose wife persuaded him to enter it into a competition. Not only did his entry win the competition, it went on to become one of the greatest sensations in opera history, with its popularity rapidly spreading globally; indeed, it had been performed over 14,000 times in Italy alone, up to the time of the composer's death in 1945.

The music is easily recognisable, having been used in a popular lager advertisement and in films, most notably as the musical score throughout The Godfather 2.

Helston Chamber Choir's patron, the Helston-born and internationally renowned opera singer John Treleven, who sang his very first Messiah at St Michael's Church, once described the acoustic of that church as being "the best in Cornwall, and one of the best in the country".

Tickets may be purchased on the door or from concert participants. For more information, ring 01326 561102.

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