St Ives Choral Society’s summer concert on 8th June is inspired by America. Copland’s Old American Songs are settings of American folk tunes collected in the 19th and early 20th centuries, including the famous Shaker melody ‘Tis the gift to be simple’.
The songs sung by African American slaves have inspired many composers in Britain and further afield. Rutter’s ‘Feel the Spirit’ brings together seven of those spirituals including ‘When the Saints’ and ‘Joshua fit the Battle of Jericho’, with the choir being joined by a soprano soloist.
Tickets £12 (£10 concessions) accompanied children under-16 free. Available online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/st-iveschoral- society and from the Fair Trade Shop in the Free Church.