The Temple Church, Temple, London. Saturday 29th May 2010
The Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge is presenting a Gregorian Chant singing day in the glorious surroundings of the Temple Church in London. It is open to beginners and more experienced singers alike. The music will include chants for the Templars’ own breviary recalling their Foundation of this Church in 1185 and the day will finish with all participants singing Vespers. There will also be an organ recital, a talk on the Templars and an optional Schola dinner in the historic Inner Temple Hall.
The day will be conducted by Jeremy White and Philip Duffy, both expert teachers of the Chant. £35 for the day with an optional dinner for £50. £25 for students. Free parking.
For booking and more information:
The Temple Church – 020 7797 8206
The Temple Church “Schola Gregoriana Concert” Poster (Acrobat PDF)
HAVPCD355 – De Profundis. Martin Bruce
(Available in late March 2010)
Martin Bruce’s De Profundis was written for the choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, at the invitation of organist Stephen Darlington. It received its first performance in the Lent of 2008. Scored for two four-part choirs, it opens with a motif built on a rising tone, which grows steadily more insistent. Initially passed between the two alto parts – naturally an effective technique for a cathedral choir, where the two choruses are physically separated on either side of the nave – this ascending idea develops and opens out into a full, eight-part rendering: ‘Lord, hear my voice’.
There is a wide variety of textures employed here, and each section of text has its own distinct character; we move from the antiphonal effects of ‘therefore shalt thou be feared’ to the fugal style of ‘I look for the Lord’, coming to a close only when the opening ascending tone motif returns, this time passed between the two soprano parts. This setting of a text which is at once penitential yet full of hope seems to move through a gamut of moods before reaching its conclusion, and in the ambitious choral writing we have an apposite gateway into the works which succeed it here. The Magnificat is Mary’s song of joy at the revelation that she will bear the Son of God, and as a canticle it is one of the church’s fundamental liturgical texts.
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