The Arts Society, formerly known as The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts, or NADFAS, is a leading arts charity which opens up the world of the arts through local societies and national events. The Society works to advance decorative and fine arts education alongside promoting the preservation of the country’s national heritage. Support is given to over 375 local societies across the UK, and also in continental Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
2018 marks the Fiftieth Anniversary of the founding of The Arts Society. To celebrate this Golden Jubilee, The Arts Society Arden and The Arts Society Solihull have joined together to sponsor the special concert entitled “LIGHT AND GOLD” to be performed by the choir of St. Alphege Church, Solihull, on Saturday 28th April at 7.30 pm.
These two local societies are very successful and members pride themselves on their high level of curiosity and enthusiasm over the full spectrum of the arts. In fact, the Arden society grew out of the waiting list for membership of the Solihull society. Both committees respond to demand from their members by creating a varied programme of lectures, visits and study days. There are occasional overseas study visits which are always heavily subscribed. These have concentrated, in recent years, on visits to Italy and there has also been a visit to Spain.
In 2005, the Society applied for and was granted status as a registered charity. The consequential income from gift-aid tax relief has helped to fund our charitable activities. Notable among these is support for the Young arts movement through the creation of Art prizes in local sixth form colleges and more recently the “Where I Live” exhibition for primary school children within the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull. There is also significant work in the areas of conservation and church recording and the creation of church trails.
St Alphege Church Choirs are award-winning and nationally recognised. They are one of only two parish church choirs in the country recognised by the Friends of Cathedral Music and as such, are listed on their website, alongside the great cathedrals.
The programme for the special 'Light and Gold' concert will include a range of choral music encapsulating the themes of light, gold and celebration. Movements from Eric Whitacre's Grammy award-winning 'Light and Gold' album will feature prominently in the concert. Whitacre's music has been described as "softly spoken, deeply harmonic
and tuneful, but making use of unusual rhythms and sound balancing to
create highly textured music". The programme will also include I Love all Beauteous Things by Judith Weir, a special commission to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, Hail Gladdening Light by Charles Wood, and a movement from Rachmaninov's beautiful Vespers.
Tickets are £10 for adults, children will be admitted free of charge.
From Society members, choir members, on the door, or via Ticketsource.