A Sense of the Divine: The Grand Tour

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Saturday 25th February 2017 at 7.30pm

Conducted by David Ogden
With Richard May cello and Olena Shvetsova piano

Programme to include:
Naji Hakim Exultate Deo (first performance)
J. S. Bach Lobet den Herrn BWV 230
Thomas Tallis Spem in alium (40 part motet)
Giovanni Gabrieli Jubilate Deo
Roxanna Panufnik All Shall Be Well
James MacMillan Miserere
Veljo Tormis Estonian Lullabies
Ēriks Ešenvalds O salutaris hostia
Joseph Canteloube Báïlèro
Josef Rheinberger Abendlied
György Orbán Mundi renovatio
Veljo Tormis Four Estonian Lullabies
Zoltán Kodály Evening Song
Béla Bartók Béreslegény
Antonín Dvořák Nepovím
Dmitri Shostakovich The Cuckoo's Cry
Edvard Grieg Andante molto tranquillo from Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 36
Manuel De Falla Ritual Fire Dance

Exultate Singers packs its bags for a Grand Tour of European music that brings together some of the standout choral works that have entertained, inspired and moved its ever-growing audience in 12 countries over 15 years.

Expect a spectacular programme of sacred and secular music from across the centuries that roams around the cities and countryside of Europe, taking in folksongs and large-scale works in multiple voices that make full use of St George’s wonderful acoustic.

The choir will give the world premiere of a new setting of Exultate Deo which they have commissioned from the Lebanese-born composer Naji Hakim.

To crown it all, cellist Richard May, a popular collaborator, returns to perform Roxanna Panufnik’s All Shall Be Well, a work with luxurious, rich textures that combines the soaring voice of the solo cello with eight-part choir.

Richard May - cellist

Richard May

Richard May is a soloist and chamber musician, and has performed many of the major cello concertos with such orchestras as the Basel Symphony, English Sinfonia, Ulster and BBC Philharmonic, and appeared throughout the UK, North and South America, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Andorra, Ukraine, South Africa and Japan, including performances at the Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Barbican and South Bank Centres, and at festivals in Salzburg, Berlin, London and Aldeburgh. He has performed live on television and radio, both nationally and internationally, and features as soloist on Exultate Singers' All Shall Be Well CD.

Following on from winning the BBC TV Young Musician of the Year String Category, his London debut recital at the Purcell Room included the world premiere of Five Duos for cello and piano by Colin Matthews, written for him. A recital of Bach Solo Suites in Switzerland gained critical acclaim for “absolute perfection and virtuosity”. He also gave a televised recital for the ITV series Solo, featuring British musicians, and has performed as soloist and chamber musician with Nigel Kennedy.


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