This Friday, a special late-night meditation on the Rig Veda will take place at Gloucester Cathedral as part of the prestigious Three Choirs Festival. The concert weaves together Vedic chant with choral settings of these Hindu texts. Jean Coulthard, a student of Vaughan Williams, exults the mystery of creation, while delicate music of contemporary composers Anna R Matthews, Roxanna Panufnik and Sally Lamb McCune embraces the listener, mirroring the celestial beauty of Holst’s settings for choir and solo harp.
This concert will see the Oriel Singers give the premiere performance of Asvins under the baton of Ben Sawyer.
Tickets and full details: https://3choirs.org/whats-on/meditations-on-the-rig-veda/
The prestigious Three Choirs Festival is the oldest non-competitive classical music festival in the world, celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2015. It comprises a week-long programme of choral and orchestral concerts, cathedral services, solo and chamber music recitals, masterclasses, talks, theatre, exhibitions and walks, rotating each summer between the beautiful English cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester.
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I received some exciting news last week: ‘Hast thou not known?’ has been shortlisted for the final of the King James Bible Composition Awards! It will be performed alongside the seven other shortlisted works (three others in the same category as me and four in the other category) at the beautiful Temple Church, London, on 17th May at 6pm.
To find out more and book tickets to the concert, where the winners will be announced, visit www.kingjamesbibletrust.org/community/king-james-bible-composition-awards.
‘Hast thou not known?’ was written for category B of this competition:
CATEGORY B (in partnership with the Royal College of Music)
Adjudicator: James MacMillan, in conjunction with Grayston Ives, Roxanna Panufnik, William Mival and James O’Donnell.
An anthem for an experienced choir (such as a cathedral, well-resourced church or professional group) in up to eight parts (SATB), unaccompanied or with organ, suitable for use in worship. Duration must not exceed eight minutes.
• Performance by the Choir of Westminster Abbey at the service to mark the completion of the 2011 celebrations on 16 November 2011
• Publication by Chester Novello music publishers
Information on Category A:
CATEGORY A (in partnership with the Royal School of Church Music)
Adjudicator: Bob Chilcott, in conjunction with Malcolm Archer, Margaret Rizza, Tim Ruffer and Philip Wilby.
An anthem or song for up to four vocal parts (SATB) and keyboard, suitable for use in worship. This should be composed with non-professional, less experienced, performers in mind, and be adaptable to whatever resources might be available, for example, optional instruments. Duration must not exceed four minutes.
• Performance by the Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir
• Publication by the RSCM
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