Music of Our Time

Cantores -7-16

Our next two concerts are on:

Saturday 9 July 2016 in Cirencester Parish Church

Saturday 16 July in Holy Apostles, Cheltenham

In their latest programme, Music of Our Time, Cantores concentrate on music of the 20th and 21st century with its huge diversity. The main work is Joseph Jongen’s little performed Mass, originally scored for brass and organ, first performed in 1946. This performance will dispense with the brass!

Other pieces in the programme include Edgar Bainton’s  well known anthem “And I saw a New Heaven”, from 1928 and the much loved quartet of motets dating from 1960 by Durufle. He influenced another Cantores favourite, Ola Gjeilo, when he wrote “Tota Pulchra Es”.

Eric Whitacre is another much loved composer, whose challenging work is much enjoyed by Cantores. The atmospheric “Nox Arumque” is the latest of his work to be performed by them.

Sir James MacMillan’s haunting “A New Song” has a deceptive, Gallic simplicity. Peter Aston’s “Alleluia Psallat” from 1973 is less well-known but nonetheless striking.

New to Cantores’ repertoire is Karl Jenkins, but his work is likely to be familiar. “Benedictus” is from his very successful “The Armed Man” and “Cantate Domino” from “Adiemus – Songs of Sanctuary” while the joyous “Exultate Jubilate” is arranged from an instrumental pieces.

The full programme will include:

Joseph Jongen – Mass Op.130
Macmillan – A New Song
Whitacre – Nox arumque
Peter Aston – Alleluia Psallat
Ola Gjeilo – Tota pulchra es Maria
Edgar Bainton – And I saw a new Heaven
Duruflé – Quatre motets
Karl Jenkins – Cantate Domino, Benedictus, Exultate Jubilate

Tickets can now be purchased online, from Cirencester Tourist Information Centre or from Lorna on 01242 603988.

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