Choral Singers within striking distance of Nottingham were involved with this unique event - a workshop, as the premiere of Gloria. David thought of it as a partner piece for the Vivaldi, using the same forces (Strings, D Trumpet, Organ, SATB with two soprano soloists) in order to provide a practical and balanced double-bill for concert programmes. For maximum appeal he cast it in the familiar sound-world of John Rutter, Bob Chilcott, Carl Jenkins, Andrew Carter and others, with a similar difficulty level, accessible to any moderately experienced choral singer.

The work opens with a trumpet call which provides melodic material for the whole work. The first movement Gloria in excelsis is a blaze of choral colour and is intended to represent all things glorious. In terra pax is an embodiment of peace, alternating warm orchestral chords with spare a cappella polyphony. Laudamus Te is an expression of thankfulness, with a springing folkloric feel. Domine Deus is a touching duet for two sopranos, a meditation on loving parenthood, contrasted with the stark Domine Fili, a representation of the Good Friday marches of cloaked penitents in Seville, Spain. The final Quoniam has a celebratory feel, with an uplifting climax.

Gloria Workshop, Movement 1 'Gloria in Excelsis'

The event was in aid of FRAMEWORK, the Nottingham Charity for the homeless, which, like all such organisations, is facing perilous times. By attending, singers were contributing directly to the well-being of the vulnerable. The registration charge was £6 (£5 concessions) payable on the day of the workshop. There were pre-rehearsals for those willing and able to get to Burton Joyce (6 miles East of Nottingham) from 3-5pm on October 1, 15, 29 and November 5, at the United reformed Church on Lambley Lane. 

For rehearsal purposes, David placed some of the music on YouTube. Using Sibelius software to create a moving-cursor manuscript display with an audio soundtrack, the four separate voices of each of the six movements are available on-line. This served a dual function - singers could review the music and judge its appeal before committing to the workshop, and those who intended to come could rehearse at home before the event! Search ‘david machell gloria’ and choose from the options - eg “Quoniam - Alto”. “Laudamus - Bass” etc. At the workshop, piano accompaniment with a D Trumpet was used.

The Gloria premiere was performed by the Nottingham Bach Choir on June 23rd, 2012

The full program is here.

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