Into the World of Light

Sunday 12 November 2017 at 7.30pm

With The Lochrian Ensemble
Conducted by David Ogden

James MacMillan Sicut Cervus (world premiere)
Toby Young Wanderlust (world premiere)
Herbert Howells Take him earth for cherishing 
John Tavener They are all gone into the world of light 
John Tavener Song for Athene 
William Harris Bring us, O Lord God  
Hubert Parry My soul there is a country  
Edward Elgar Lux aeterna 
Arvo Pärt Für Alina
John Tavener Ikon of Joy/Sorrow

A Remembrance Sunday concert of ethereal and powerful music featuring two world premieres by leading British composers: Sir James MacMillan's Sicut Cervus, and Wanderlust, a work commissioned from Toby Young which explores feelings of loss and homelessness across different cultures. Through first-hand stories, original poetry, and haunting music the work explores the pain of those away from home, whether fighting on the front line or seeking refuge, as well as the strength and resilience shown by humanity all over the world. Be amongst the first to hear these mesmerising and powerful new works which are packed full of wonderfully compelling and engaging music. 

The choir will also perform a selection of some of the finest British music already firmly established in the choral repertoire including Howells' iconic anthem Take him, earth, for cherishing, which will be sung from memory, Tavener's haunting work Song for Athene, and Elgar's Lux aeterna, the exquisite choral setting of Nimrod from the Enigma Variations.

Sir James MacMillan is one of today’s most successful composers and is also internationally active as a conductor. His musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music, blended with influences from Far Eastern, Scandinavian and Eastern European music.

He first attracted attention with the acclaimed BBC Proms premiere of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie (1990). His percussion concerto Veni, Veni Emmanuel (1992) has received close to 500 performances worldwide by orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics and Cleveland Orchestra. Other major works include the cantata Seven Last Words from the Cross (1993), Quickening (1998) for soloists, children's choir, mixed choir and orchestra, the operas Inès de Castro (2001) and The Sacrifice (2005-06), and St John Passion (2007). Recent highlights include premieres of his St Luke Passion, A European Requiem, Stabat Mater for The Sixteen and a Trombone Concerto for Jörgen van Rijen with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Toby Young has written works for renowned ensembles and orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Fretwork, London Mozart Players, Britten Sinfonia and CHROMA. Choral works have been commissioned by numerous groups, including the choirs of King’s College Cambridge, New College Oxford, Queens College Oxford, Westminster Abbey, the Choir of Royal Holloway, the Joyful Company of Singers, and the BBC Singers. Many of Toby’s works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, and he has been the featured composer at the Kings Lynn and Stratford Festivals. He is currently Composer-in-Residence with the Armonico Consort, following past residencies with the London Oriana Choir and Reverie.


St George's, Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR


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