Capital Chamber Choir to Perform “The Delight of Paradise”
8.06. 2016

The Trees on the Edge

“Contemporary choral compositions have impressed me, amused me, annoyed me, and bored me. What they’ve rarely done is move me almost to tears, as did a major new work by the young Ottawa composer Nicholas Piper Monday night.” —Natasha Gauthier (The Ottawa Citizen, July 13, 2015)

The Capital Chamber Choir is currently preparing to present an ambitious concert at the annual convention of the Royal Canadian College of Organists in Kingston, Ontario. The programme includes The Delight of Paradise, which the choir premiered at last summer’s Music and Beyond Festival. This dramatic work is a seven-movement tour-de-force, a rewarding challenge for choirs, and sure to please any audience.

The Ottawa Citizen’s Natasha Gauthier reviewed last year’s premiere performance and was positively moved by the new work:

“The first half’s main event was the premiere of Piper’s The Delight of Paradise … an ambitious, seven-movement work [with] breathtaking sweep and astonishing discipline. The main thematic material grows out of a striking three-note motif that Piper embellishes and filigrees with an engraver’s touch. The penultimate movement, Behold, all thy servants are fair, had all the stately grace and glowing, arching phrases of a great Anglican church anthem. It is a surprising, memorable, and shockingly accomplished piece by a prodigiously talented young composer.” —Natasha Gauthier (The Ottawa Citizen, July 13, 2015)

The choir is rehearsing diligently to prepare this major work for its performance, which takes place at St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, July 11, 8:00 P.M. The concert is sure to be a major success. See you in Kingston!

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Nicholas Piper is a Canadian composer specializing in rewarding music for choirs. He is also the main proprietor of Musica Trans Aeva.

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