Westminster Cathedral Choir, London, UK

Friday, October 14, 2011
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

 

O sacrum convivium  – F. Guerrero; Vadam et circuibo and Eram quai Agnus – T.L. de Victoria; Dic nobis Maria – G. Bassano; Christus factus est – A. Bruckner; Great is the Lord – E. Elgar; Ingrediente Domino – G. Malcolm; Ave verum corpus – Colin Mawby; Victimae paschali – Alcuin Reid; Iesum tradidit impius and Christus vincit – James MacMillan

Westminster Cathedral Choir is acclaimed as one of the world’s great choirs. Since its foundation in 1903 it has occupied a unique position at the forefront of English church music, not least because of the ground-breaking work of its first Master of Music, Richard Terry, who revived the great works of the English and continental Renaissance composers. Innovation continued under George Malcolm who pioneered the development of the choir’s sound along continental lines, resulting in a choir that was truly revolutionary in both what and how it sang. The choir continues these traditions under its present Master of Music, Martin Baker, and it remains the only Catholic Cathedral choir in the world to sing daily Mass and Vespers. The choir’s acclaimed recordings on the Hyperion label include the Palestrina Lamentations and a sequence of music from Advent to Epiphany featuring music written for the choir. In 1998 the choir was awarded the Gramophone Awards for ‚ÄúBest Choral Recording of the Year‚Äù and ‚ÄúRecord of the Year‚Äù for the performance of Frank Martin’s Messe and Pizzetti’s Requiem. Westminster Cathedral Choir appears frequently on radio and television. In addition to regular concerts around the UK, recent tours have included Hungary, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Italy and the USA. The Choir will perform a varied program of sacred choral works from the 16th century to the present.