Ring in the new

screen-shot-2016-11-12-at-15-12-55Taking its inspiration from the famous New Year’s Day concert at Vienna’s Musikverein, Truro Choral Society is holding a musical celebration on Monday, 2nd January 2017, at Truro Cathedral. The first in what is hoped to become an annual event and musical tradition for Truro, it will be held at 7pm to make the concert more family-friendly and include a mix of light popular items and some weightier pieces.

Handel’s Coronation Anthem Zadok the Priest will provide a rousing opening to the programme, while the atmosphere of Vienna will be evoked by Strauss’s Blue Danube waltz and a seasonal touch introduced by Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The latter will be played by the gifted violinist Michael Foyle, who was praised by The Daily Telegraph for playing with “compelling conviction” at his Purcell Room debut in London last year.

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is always a favourite at this time of year and Truro Symphony Orchestra will play the popular Waltz of the Flowers from the ballet. For opera lovers, there is the famous aria Nessun Dorma from Puccini’s Turandot, to be sung by tenor Anthony Mee, who has performed to much acclaim at major concert halls around the world, including the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican and Royal Albert Hall in London.

The core of the concert will be the opening chorus of JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion and it will end with the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah, bringing a joyful evening to a truly exuberant conclusion. In all, the perfect way to welcome in 2017.

Listen to Colin’s interview with Martha Dixon of BBC Radio Cornwall for the Donna Birrell Sunday breakfast show (at 2:38:18) to find out more.

New Year Concert: 7pm, Monday, 2nd January 2017, at Truro Cathedral. Tickets: £16 (under 19s free), available from Box Office Cornwall (hallforcornwall.co.uk; 01872 262466) or on the door