Thu, 20 Jul|
The concert will feature the New Ascension Singers, soloist Vivien Ellis, pianist Huw Warren and organist Stephen Power. Paula Gardiner is leading musicians from The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Time & Location
20 Jul 2023, 19:30 – 21:30
Brecon Cathedral, Brecon LD3 9DL, UK
About the Event
Brecon based composer Rod Paton was originally commissioned to write this piece by Bishop Otter College Chichester to celebrate its 150th anniversary. The Ascension Jazzmass was first performed in the college’s Chapel of the Ascension on Ascension day in 1990. Since then it has received numerous performances including Brighton Festival (1993), St. James, Picadilly (1995) and in The Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton University (2000).
Although originally intended as a short mass (Missa Brevis) it grew during its composition into something of an epic, scored for Soloist, 4-part Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Organ and 21 xylophones, extending to just under 2 hours in length.
The concert will feature the New Ascension Singers, soloist Vivien Ellis, pianist Huw Warren and organist Stephen Power. Double bass player Paula Gardiner is leading musicians from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. These musicians are
Dan Vause - alto sax
Paul Mason - tenor/flute
Matthew Smith - french horn
Liz Exell - drums
Tom Williams - percussion
The composition draws upon wide-ranging musical influences. Jane Clark a Brighton writer and poet described it as “A kaleidoscope of sound and colour.” when it was originally performed there.