While live performances of the Bucks County Choral Society are on hold till social distancing passes due to the novel coronavirus, Thomas Lloyd has launched a free to the public music series of choral masterworks sung by the choir during his 20 years as artistic director, bringing back some crowd favorites that have been recorded.
He will also give historical background on the music as well as relating its relevance to audiences of today.
“Choirs and their audiences live for live performing, which is impossible for us now,” Lloyd said. “But we also have the time to look back now to remember both old favorites as well as new music we came to love. On the other side of this pandemic, I know we’ll appreciate all the more how much the time we spend singing together and sharing this music with others means to us.”
Some of the works included in the program have been J.S. Bach’s “Et Resurrexit” and “St. Matthew Passion,” as well as Edward Elgar’s “The Apostles,” which the Choral Society brought to the residents of Bucks County and the region in 2016. The complete work was new to the choir and even the Philadelphia Orchestra had not performed the work in its entirety before.
Other great works will be highlighted by the Choral Society in the coming weeks.