Sterndale singers will be in fine voice

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A COUPLE of interesting concerts this Saturday find the Sterndale Singers in largely joyful voice at Millhouses Methodist Church and Sheffield Symphony Orchestra taking on Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at St Mark’s Church at Broomhill.

While on the one hand Vivaldi’s Gloria can be seen as the carrot to get you to the Sterndale concert, on the other it fits rather nicely into a programme of Baroque and Classical choral music.

Most of it is actually quite well known, not least Bach’s magnificent motet Komm Jesu, Komm, which provides a rather stark contrast to the rest of the programme that further includes Haydn’s celebratory Te Deum from 1799 and the best known setting of Beatus Vir (Psalm 112) by Monteverdi. Ending the concert is one of Schubert’s smashing Mass settings, the one in G, which as the Sterndale’s conductor Robert Webb says has a Credo that is “marvellously hypnotic with a rapt weightless tone.”

What form the Sheffield Symphony assault on Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelungs will take is not known, except it is orchestral music from the four-part tetralogy, lasting anything up to an hour as Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No 1 is also programmed.

In suite form or continuous (thematically possible), Entry of the Gods into Valhalla (Rheingold), Ride of the Valkyries, Magic Fire Music (Die Walküre), Forest Murmurs (Siegfried) and Siegfried’s Journey to the Rhine (Götterdämmerung), at least, have every chance of being in there.