A taste of Africa comes to Deddington

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The musical work of the late David Fanshawe, called ‘African Sanctus’, will be performed in Deddington this weekend by the highly acclaimed Chipping Norton Choral Society.

David Fanshawe, who died in 2010, was a musical visionary who travelled around Africa recording the music he heard for posterity.

He then combined these recordings of African music and sounds with classical choral music to create incredibly haunting, emotional new pieces of music.

Conductor Peter Hunt said: “David was an exceptional man, well ahead of his time in fusing musical styles and sounds to create something new and magical, an approach we take for granted nowadays.

“African Sanctus is a challenge and a joy to perform, and it should give the audience a thrill to hear this entrancing, evocative music performed in Deddington church where the acoustics are so good.”

David Fanshawe attended every concert where African Sanctus was performed, and his widow, Jane Fanshawe will be the choir’s special guest.

Peter added: “We are incredibly lucky to live in an area with so many gifted musicians, composers and singers in our midst.

“We’ll be performing ‘African Sanctus’ with others pieces of music inspired by Africa and I know this will be a truly exceptional, enjoyable concert; the sort of music you don’t hear every day in Oxfordshire.”

Tickets are £15, available on the door or by emailing tickets@cncs.org.uk.

The concert starts at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 6 in Deddington Church.

For more information on the Chipping Norton Choral Society visit their website.