Singers to celebrate the sounds of the east in concert

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The Lancaster Singers present a concert of music inspired by the East at the Ashton Memorial in Lancaster this weekend.

The concert takes place on Sunday June 16 at 7.30pm and will feature Japanese music both traditional and modern, including excerpts from The Mikado.

Led by Italian Director, Marco Fanti and associate director Mavis Fletcher, the performance will feature the choir in Furusato (songs of the Japanese homeland) with arrangements by Bob Chilcott (of Kings Singers fame) and featuring the UK premiere from composer Rikuya Terashima.

Ian Tate provides solo piano pieces by Toru Takemitsu and Tan Dun. The first half of the concert includes the rousing Three Hungarian Folk songs by Matyas Seiber and ends with well known excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado.

Associate Director, Mavis Fletcher, said: “It has been an exciting challenge to prepare and learn to sing in Japanese. The composer has given us great help and is very excited about his first performance in the UK.”

Tickets cost £10 and include strawberries and cream and lemonade presse and are available from the Williamson Park Pavilion Gift Shop or call 01524 33318, online at www.lancastersingers.org by telephoning 01524 68481 or on the door.