MUSIC ‘Wool and Water Cantata’

Composer Hugh Barton – The Wool and Water Cantata. Commissioned work – World Premiere, Stroud Brewery, 15th September, 7.30 pm

£10, Under 18’s Free – click here for tickets

The central work is Benjamin Brittan’s cantata Rejoice in The Lamb accompanied by a wide variety of wind band music from the renaissance to modern pop. The Cotswold Canal Singers, under conductor Hugh Barton, will contribute watery madrigals and folksongs followed by Hugh’s specially commissioned piece for the Festival, The Wool and Water cantata.

Hugh Barton, the director of the Cotswold Canal Singers, has composed a new piece especially for the Festival, entitled The Wool and Water Cantata. It involves I.a.t.B and percussion as well as the choir. Hugh sings in Cappella, and also conducts the Stroud Refugee Aid Choir – 100+ singers meeting once a year in ‘Come and Sing’ events. In 2019 the Palm Sunday performance of Bach’s St. John Passion netted nearly £5,000 for refugee and local charities

The Cotswold Canal Singers were founded by Hugh Barton and Val Kirby in 2016 in response to the desire of the Cotswold Canal Trust for a Christmas concert. We have since done many events for the Trust, fund-raising for canal restoration, mostly in St.Cyr’s church, Stonehouse, right next to the canal.

Recently we have performed in other venues, for other charities. Our aim is to provide variety and entertainment, and a rich musical experience. Works chosen vary madrigal to barbershop, from mediaeval to contemporary – including first performances – and often in combination with instruments.

The choir normally numbers 10-15 singers, from a pool of 25 based in Stroud, Bristol, Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Ensemble I.a.t.B is a wind band, combining woodwind with trumpets  plus optional piano and bass guitar. It was founded in 2010 and draws on players from Gloucestershire and South Wales, who enjoy playing a wide variety of music spanning 500 years. Their Leader is Steve Harper. For this concert they will be joined by Mark Coldrick on percussion.