In his traditional e-book, The 4 Loves, British author C.S Lewis categorised love into storge (pure affection), philia (friendship), eros (love between a person and a lady) and agape (love for God).
This categorisation of affection offers inspiration for a Valentine’s Day live performance by The Aurora Chorale and the Strathmore College Chorale titled In Love with Music. The 2 choirs accompanied by a chamber ensemble current a programme combining a different programme of music transcending classical and pop genres, non secular, and secular items.
The Aurora Chorale (Latin for the “Daybreak Choir”) was based three years in the past and sings throughout the 7:30am Mass at St. Paul’s Chapel, Nairobi, whereas The Strathmore Chorale is a broadly travelled group that performs a repertoire of conventional, classical and modern music.
In Love with Music is the brainchild of Ann Manyara who participates by presenting a story via the live performance with related reflections and quotes from C.S. Lewis, William Shakespeare, Peter Kreeft and St. Augustine. The target of the narrative is to place the music in context, for the good thing about these unfamiliar with opera or musical theatre.
“Each human being has the capability to understand the great thing about classical and choral music, so we should domesticate an appreciation for this music transcending age or social class,” says Ann, a author and educationist.
She can also be utilizing the efficiency to domesticate live performance etiquette amongst audiences, particularly the youthful ones. “They should perceive that we keep silence to permit the choir to learn the music and comply with the directions of the conductor. It’s not snobbish however it’s simply to permit the performers to focus.”
Anne first met the Aurora Chorale after they carried out at a Thanksgiving mass for her daughter’s commencement at St Austin’s final 12 months. “I used to be blown away,” she recollects. “I assumed this group is worthy of any worldwide stage.”
“When Ann mooted the concept of the live performance in July 2023, we needed to contemplate our different engagements resembling preparation for the common mass, the weekly recording for our YouTube channel, and naturally rehearsals for Christmas carols,” says Aurora Chorale director Richard Njoroge.” “Then it was right down to a choice of songs, some that we had by no means sung earlier than as a choir, and others we had by no means paid consideration to, however which fitted the theme of 4 phases of affection,”
The selection of music transcends non secular and secular items from notable composers like Wolfgang Mozart, Georges Bizet, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Andrew Lloyd-Webber mixed with choral preparations of songs by Kenyan legends of up to date music, Eric Wainaina and Fadhili William. In Love with Music was first carried out on November 19, 2023, as a part of the annual celebration in honour of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music.
Conductor, Elijah Adongo, says his function is to make sure that the singers perceive the which means of the textual content and interpret that via the music. “Keep in mind that the textual content of the music is written first, typically as a poem, after which set to music, so you’ll be able to solely ship the efficiency successfully by interacting carefully with its which means after which the viewers is ready to share within the which means of the piece,” says Elijah, a music trainer at Kenyatta College.
Richard acknowledges that the conductor locations an emphasis on phrasing and conveying the which means and emotion of the music. “For example, once we sing Eric Wainaina’s Daima Mkenya about how our forefathers suffered beneath the colonialists, then the choir should specific that ache and struggling.”
Daima Mkenya is organized for choir by Joseph Ombati, the Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein is organized by Nicholas Omondi, whereas Elvis Presley’s Can’t Assist Falling in Love has been tailored for choir by Jeff Mukoto. The association of Malaika, made well-liked by Fadhili William, is one which that the Aurora Chorale is kind of aware of via previous performances.
The opposite notable items are Joseph’s Coat by Andrew Lloyd Webber from Joseph and the Wonderful Technicolor Dreamcoat and Amigos Para Siempre, theme track of the 1992 Olympics. Highlights additionally embrace Non Piu Andrai (from Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro), Habanera (from George Bizet’s opera Carmen), and the opera J’ai Perdu Mon Eurydice by Christopher Willibald Gluck.
The choir may also carry out Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber for the Coronation of King Charles III.
The singers might be accompanied by a chamber ensemble for piano, violin, viola, cello, and trumpet throughout the live performance tomorrow, Saturday 10 February on the Strathmore College Auditorium.