The Chicago Master Singers
with Alan Heatherington, conductor
in a programme of great British composers featuring:
Herbert Howells Requiem
Ralph Vaughan Williams Valiant for Truth
John Tavener Song for Athene
Charles Villiers Stanford When Mary thro’ the garden went
John Rutter Cantate Domino
The Chicago Master Singers (CMS) is one of the foremost choirs in the United States. Under the artistic direction of Alan Heatherington, the 100-strong choir performs an impressive array of sacred music, from Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Requiem to the latest works by living composers, and tours regularly to perform in the great cathedrals of Europe. This concert is the final one in a series they will be performing throughout eastern England in July 2018, starting in Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday 7 July, where they will sing following the commemoration of the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket, and taking in St John's College, Cambridge, and Ely, Norwich, Peterborough and Lincoln Cathedrals.
Today we are privileged to welcome the CMS to St Nicholas' Cathedral for a concert that marks the centenary of the end of World War 1. Their glorious programme focusses on the triumph of redemption, faith and hope, powerfully expressed in texts and music by some of the greatest English poets and composers of the period and always pointing to victory over death itself.
The centrepiece of the concert is Herbert Howells’ magnificent Requiem, which is arguably one of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching works of sacred music written by any British composer, as well as pieces by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Richard Shephard, John Tavener, Philip Stopford, Kenneth Leighton, Charles Villiers Stanford, John Rutter and more.
“In commemorating the centenary of the end of World War 1, we chose the theme of death and redemption,” says conductor Alan Heatherington. “We begin with music that focuses on death, including a Requiem by a composer who had just lost a child (Howells) and a work that became forever associated with death when it was sung as the casket of Princess Diana exited Westminster Abbey (Tavener). We then move to the triumph of resurrection, faith and hope, powerfully expressed in texts and music by some of the greatest English poets and composers of the period and always pointing to victory over death itself.”
He continues: “Tucked into this program is one of the great texts of the Jewish liturgy, "Hashkiveinu,”, in a musical setting written by David Grosz, a distinguished cantor in Bratislava and Vienna who, along with his wife and daughters, lost his life at Terezin during the Holocaust.”
A concert not to be missed!
Tickets £10; Concessions £8
Available on the door or online from www.wegottickets.com/event/434088
In aid of St Nicholas’ Cathedral