/ Dec


SjE Arts
Start Time
07:30 pm - 09:15 pm
£12, £10 (60+), £8 (students)

Winter Landscapes

Programme to include:

Arnold Bax: This Worldes Joie
Herbert Howells: Walking in the Snow
Cecilia McDowall: O oriens
Per Norgård: Winter Hymn
arr. Mårten Jansson: Lo, how a rose e’er blooming
Simon Preston: There is no rose
Dobrinka Tabakova: Alma Redemptoris Mater
Peter Warlock: A Cornish Christmas Carol
Richard Rodney Bennett: Verses on Saint Cecilia’s Day
Bohuslav Martinů: Three Songs of the Virgin Mary H235
John Muehleisen: O Emmanuel

Join Commotio in the warm and welcoming surroundings of SJE Arts for a concert celebrating the best of Winter. Per Nørgård’s Winter Hymn allows melodies, derived from the same material as his Third Symphony, to unfurl across each other like fractals developing on an icy window. Nørgård used these melodies, written for the psalms of Ole Sarvig, throughout the 1970s in both choral and instrumental works. Howells combined two poems by Emeritus Fellow of New College, John Buxton, for his work Walking in the Snow. Perhaps less well-known than some of his other choral works, this part-song displays sonorous choral textures and suspensions quintessential of the composer.

In addition to these secular celebrations of the season, Commotio will sing contemporary settings of seasonal liturgical texts, including selected Advent Antiphons by Cecilia McDowall and John Muehleisen. Dobrinka Tabakova’s contemporary setting of Alma Redemptoris Mater plainsong over sonorous choral chords is simple yet scintillating. Warlock’s whimsical ‘A Cornish Christmas Carol’ references a well known carol, giving a very rare opportunity for the choir to sing it in Cornish!