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The Sixteen

Saint Cecilia

Fri 29 Nov

The Sixteen

Saint Cecilia

Benjamin Britten Hymn to the Virgin
Ruth Byrchmore Prayer of St Theresa of Avila
Benjamin Britten Hymn to Saint Cecilia
Cecilia McDowall Now May We Singen
Margaret Rizza O Speculum Columbe
Alissa Firsova Stabat Mater
Herbert Howells Take Him Earth for Cherishing
Kim Porter Christmas Eve
Byrchmore A Birthday (St Cecilia)
Cecilia McDowall Of a Rose
Roxanna Panufnik Prayer
Elizabeth Poston Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
Peter Maxwell Davies Lullaby for Lucy
Margaret Rizza Ave generosa
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers conductor

Harry Christophers writes of this evocative programme in honour of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music:

I am delighted that we have the opportunity to feature in the same programme many composers whose works we have premiered over the past few years, Ruth Byrchmore, Alissa Firsova, Roxanna Panufnik, Margaret Rizza and our very own Kim Porter. Two settings of poems to the patron saint of music, Saint Cecilia, form the centrepiece of each half with works to Our Lady book-ending the evening’s wealth of contemporary choral music. Howells complements Firsova with both using heartrending poetry; Firsova’s Stabat mater depicts the Mother at the foot of the Cross lamenting her dying Son while Howells uses a Latin poem superbly translated by Helen Waddell to lament the death of JFK.

Date & start time:Fri 29 Nov – 7.30pm
Venue:Hall One
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