Celestial Harmonies | Oxford Pro Musica Singers

Tickets £5 - £15, can be bought via the Oxford Pro Musica Singers website.

The intimate surroundings of Exeter College Chapel will be the ideal setting for a varied programme of choral music: Celestial Harmonies.

The main work is a recently composed setting of the Requiem by the young British composer Kerensa Briggs. Her setting of the Requiem for choir, soprano soloist and organ brings “her own colours to the gently assuaging tradition of Duruflé and Fauré“. The piece recently received its first recording and this is the Oxford premiere. 

The other main work in our programme is Thomas Tallis’s monumental setting of Gaude Gloriosa Mater Dei (Rejoice O glorious Mother of God).  It’s a long piece in eight contrasting musical sections which is now thought to have been written late in the reign of Henry VIII in the 1540s. Tallis uses varied combinations of voices and musical ideas for the different sections, and the piece builds slowly to a memorable and powerful conclusion. This work has justly been described as “one of the crowning glories of the English Renaissance”.   

Both the main works above are based on plainsong, and we also include Maurice Duruflé’s four motets based on Gregorian themes (1960). Duruflé uses the ancient melodies to build a magical sound world in these brief pieces, as he had done 10 years earlier in his own setting of the Requiem mass.

Oxford Pro Musica Singers
Mark Jordan (conductor)
Imogen Russell (soprano)
Bartosz Thiede (organ)

Details : https://opms.org.uk/event/celestial-harmonies/
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