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Choir's season finale

BELFAST Philharmonic Choir have announced details of their season finale with The Ulster Orchestra.

On Saturday May 31, Northern Ireland's only symphonic chorus will be performing two very different settings of the Magnificat at Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Malone Road, Belfast.

They will be accompanied by The Ulster Orchestra for performances of Bach's Magnificat in D and Rutter's Magnificat.

The Magnificat text comes from the Gospel According to Luke and is Mary's response to her cousin Elizabeth when she greets Mary as the mother of God.

Bach's Magnificat in D major is cheerful and festive in tone, having apparently been written for Christmas Day in Leipzig in 1723; modern choral composer John Rutter's setting of the same text moves the programme into much more modern territory, blending together traditional choral writing, modern songwriting and elements of Latin American music.

Leading the choir will be chorus master Stephen Doughty, joined by four up-andcoming soloists: soprano Rebecca Murphy, contralto Lynda Jane Nelson, tenor Brian McNamee and baritone Aaron O'Hare. Magnificat celebrates the end of a busy year for Belfast Philharmonic, setting the tone for the forthcoming 2014/2015 season which will be the Choir's 140th since its formation in 1874. n Tickets for the 7:45pm event are available via Belfastphilharmonic.org.uk and Ulsterorchestra.com, on 028 9024 6609 or at Belfast Welcome Centre.

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