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BBC Singers - Britten, MacMillan, Paul Mealor

Concer in which Nicholas Cleobury conducts the BBC Singers. Paul Mealor: The Farthest Shore (world premiere). Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb. James MacMillan: Cantos Sagrados.

Live from St Davids Cathedral, Pembrokeshire

Presented by Nicola Heywood-Thomas

The BBC Singers, conducted by Nicholas Cleobury, with classic 20th-century choral scores and a new work by Paul Mealor.

Paul Mealor: The Farthest Shore (commissioned by the John Armitage Memorial; world premiere)

8.05pm: Interval music


Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb
James MacMillan: Cantos Sagrados

Claire Seaton (soprano)
Giles Underwood (bass)

Members of BBC National Orchestra of Wales Brass

St Davids Cathedral Children's Choir
BBC Singers

Daniel Cook (organ)

Nicholas Cleobury (conductor)

At the 2013 St Davids Festival, the BBC Singers perform two 20th-century choral classics and the premiere of a brand new work. Britten's Festival Cantata sets lines by the 18th-century poet Christopher Smart - written largely while Smart was confined to a lunatic asylum. His idiosyncratic but touching words reflect on his condition, but also describe how he sees the glory of God in all created things: mythical, abstract and real - even his own cat makes an appearance. Britten's wonderfully imaginative music was composed for St Matthew's Church, Northampton in 1943.

James MacMillan's equally powerful Cantos Sagrados fuses Latin liturgical texts with poems by Ariel Dorfman and Ana Maria Mendoza in a powerful protest against political repression in Latin America.

Paul Mealor's music became known worldwide after his motet Ubi caritas was sung at last year's Royal Wedding. His new work turns to Celtic myth, and tells of the inhabitants of an Anglesey village, cast under a spell by a mysterious stranger. The work has been commissioned by the John Armitage Memorial - a charity promoting new works for chorus - and tonight receives its first performance.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • St Davids Cathedral Festival

    • Paul Mealor

      The Farthest Shore

      Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury Performer: Abigail Ingram Performer: Christopher Bowen Performer: Claire Seaton Performer: Daniel Cook Performer: Giles Underwood Performer: Rebecca Lodge Performer: BBC Singers Performer: Members of BBC NOW Brass Performer: St Davids Cathedral Choristers

  • Music Interval: Thomas Tomkins

  • Thomas Tomkins

    Pavan in F major for 4 viols [EIRE-Dm MSS Z.3.4.1-6 no.20; GB-Ob]

    Performer: Rose Consort of Viols

    • NAXOS.
    • 8.550602.
    • -1.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    Thou art my king - anthem for 5 voices and organ

    Performer: Red Byrd Performer: Rose Consort of Viols

    • NAXOS.
    • 8.550602.
    • -18.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    Fancy MB.5.32 (for two to play) for keyboard

    Performer: John Bryan Performer: Timothy Roberts

    • NAXOS.
    • 8.550602.
    • -7.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    Voluntary in G major MB.5.30 for keyboard [begins in D 'minor']

    Performer: Laurence Cummings

    • NAXOS.
    • 8.550602.
    • -5.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    A Sad pavan for these distracted times MB.5.53 for keyboard

    Performer: Laurence Cummings

    • NAXOS.
    • 8.550602.
    • -11.
  • St Davids Cathedral Festival

    • Benjamin Britten

      Rejoice in the Lamb Op.30 for chorus and organ

      Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury Performer: Cherith Millburn-Fryer Performer: Daniel Cook Performer: Emma Tring Performer: Jamie W Hall Performer: Stephen Jeffes Performer: BBC Singers

    • Sir James MacMillan

      Cantos sagrados [Sacred songs] for chorus and organ

      Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury Performer: Daniel Cook Performer: BBC Singers


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