audience-friendly story-telling sequences
entertainments of narrated texts with unaccompanied sung music of all kinds.
Presented by Opus Anglicanum Trust, Charity No.1083865
26th January, Wells Cathedral 6:45 pm
CONCERT OF MEDIAEVAL CHANT
The Candlemas Vespers & Procession
TICKETS £15 now at Cathedral Shop 01749 672773 and at the door.
One of the January series of Wells Cathedral Promenade Concerts, this is our annual concert of mediaeval cathedral chant. Vespers is sung in the Quire, followed by music for the ceremony of the blessing of candles and then the procession, during which we are joined by the cathedral servers with candles and incense. A feature of this popular concert is that the audience is welcome to accompany the singers as they move around the cathedral, from the Quire to the Lady Chapel, the Font, the West End, to the High Altar, and finishing in the North Transept.
The concert last one hour.
During February and March we shall be recording 3 sequences for release later in the year.
The Great and Wide Sea, comprises LYNNE PLOWMAN ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, twelve brilliant miniatures set amongst a complete reading of Coleridge’s 1798 epoch-making work; and SALLY BEAMISH 'Sea Psalm: the sinking of HMS Duchess 12th Dec 1939' a 20-minute setting of the psalm ‘They that go down to the sea in ships’ during which a spoken narration recites the eyewitness account of the only surviving officer of the sinking of the destroyer HMS Duchess.
David Jones - July 1916 The Battle of Mametz Wood from ‘In Parenthesis’. The music of Schubert, Palestrina, Josquin and two works commissioned by Opus Anglicanum for this sequence: Cheryl Frances-Hoad ‘In the crypt of the wood’ and Owain Park 'Sequence:In Parenthesis'
An English Music - the isle is full of noises, sounds and sweet airs
Opus Anglicanum commissions from Dobrinka Tabakova, Howard Skempton, Diana Burrell, David Bednall, Judith Bingham, Gordon Crosse, and Owain Park.
Saturday 25th March Wells Cathedral 7 pm
Concert for Early Music Wells
Tickets £12 from the Cathedral Shop and at the door.
A celebration of the Annunciation in the music of Byrd, Obrecht, Greek Orthodox Chant, Gregorian Chant, J S Bach and Tallis. A narrative context is from Angelus Silesius, Denise Levertov, Elizabeth Jennings, Edwin Muir, and Mother Julian of Norwich, and a description of the 14th century Annunciation ceremony in Padua Cathedral
22nd April, Two Temple Place, London WC2R 3BD at 7 pm
Belloc: The Four Men
Hilaire Belloc described ‘The Four Men’ as ‘A Farrago’. ‘The Four Men’ - Grizzlebeard, Myself, the Poet and the Sailor - walk across the Weald of Sussex in the October of 1902 from Robertsbridge to Harting, with lively conversation, debate and songs along the way. Published in 1911, the four figures represent aspects of Belloc’s own character. The story is in turn poetic, reflective, pompous, didactic and humorous.The narrative is the context for some richly varied music:Vaughan Williams’s ‘The Vagabond’ and ‘Linden Lea’; settings of poems by Belloc from Ivor Gurney (‘A Sussex Drinking Song’, and ‘Most Holy Night’) and from Peter Warlock (‘My own country’); and music by George Butterworth and Edward Elgar. Possibly a surprise item will be ‘Deux chœurs’ of Camille Saint-Saëns, reminding us that Belloc was half French, and had done his national service in the French artillery. Also included are a number of Belloc’s idiosyncratic songs sung to his own tunes, as described in the book itself.
24th - 27th April, Benslow Music, Hitchin, Herts. Residential Gregorian Chant Course
29th April, St Just in Roseland The Great and Wide Sea, and introducing a new work by Alexander Campkin
13th May, Worcester Lodge, Badminton - Chant Workshop 10 am - 5 pm
20th May, Cobham , Surrey, private party - Belloc: The Four Men
10th June, Haslemere Museum The Great and Wide Sea
24th July, Worcester Three Choirs Festival The Great and Wide Sea
25th July, Worcester Three Choirs Festival Chant Workshop 10 am - 4.30 pm
25th July, Worcester Cathedral, Vespers for St Oswald of Worcester 5:30 pm
30th September, Glastonbury Abbey Chant Workshop 10 am - 5 pm
4th November, St Mary's Church Monmouth, RSCM South East Wales Chant workshop
Patron - Dame Emma Kirkby Opus Anglicanum Trust Charity No.1083865
Michael Kuhn, chairman;
Prebendary Elsa van der Zee; Stephen Tilton; Dr Frances Hogwood; Dr John Sedgwick
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