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— Inspired by the patron saint of music
The patron saint of music has inspired composers down the ages. We present a wealth of Renaissance and contemporary settings in her honour, together with seasonal advent texts. Britten’s 1942 setting of W H Auden’s text is regarded as an important work in his output as it marked a return to choral writing. Joyful madrigalian influences are echoed in our programme’s 16th century pieces by Philips, Marenzio, Rogier and Ramsay. Jackson’s substantial setting of Cecilia Virgo from 2000 reflects his love of early Tudor sonorities.
We contrast the secular and the sacred, interspersing highly charged texts from The Song of Songs with reflections on the mysteries of the afterlife. Kenneth Leighton’s Missa Brevis, written for the choir of Liverpool Cathedral in 1967, has become one of the most popular 20th century settings of the communion service. The programme will also include the première performance of a new commission for the Micklegate Singers.
7:30 pm, St Michael le Belfrey Minster Yard, York Map
We explore Earth, Wind, Fire and the Seasons in this dramatic programme. Starting with the calm of Klatzow’s South African Spiritual Nocturnes, Gjeilo’s heart-warming Sanctus and Howells’ little-performed The Shadows through to Elgar’s treatment of gusting winds and spectacular rides through Sallinen’s Beaufort Scale, we end with Chilcott’s jazz-influenced Weather Report. This stylistically varied concert will include another new commission, by Peter Moger.