As the end of year winds down and the Christmas period approaches, for many in our brave new
twenty-first century the significance of this season continues to call for the singing of carols,
performances of such evergreen choral-heraldry as Handel’s Messiah, and the various forms of the
traditional doxology found in the ‘Gloria in Excelsis’ which truly herald the season.
As befits this, the Sunshine Coast Choral Society this year, has chosen to present a pair of
these Glorias from two very different sources … From Venice in the Baroque period, comes the
most-familiar today of those three versions of the ‘Gloria’ which Antonio Vivaldi produced during
his very-prolific lifetime. Move three hundred years forward to the present day and to one of our
generation’s best-known and loved English choral composers, John Rutter, and one finds his
rendering of the ‘Gloria’, composed on commission in 1974 – a truly-heraldic one, buoyed in its
three movements by fanfares of brass and percussion, it provides a glorious contrast to the Baroque
example provided by Vivaldi in a different place, in a different time.
Under the Glorious baton of their always-inspiring conductor, Adrian King, with orchestra
the SCCS will present these welcomes to the Christmas Season at Stella Maris School, McKenzie
Drive, Maroochydore commencing at 2.00pm, on Sunday, 4th of November, 2018.
For Bookings, call Colleen on 07 5477 7652 or visit www.suncoastchoral.org.au .