audience-friendly story-telling sequences
entertainments of narrated texts with unaccompanied sung music of all kinds.
Presented by Opus Anglicanum Trust, Charity No.1083865
Saturday 3rd September 6 pm
BACH : BONHOEFFER
with Richard Stephens (Organ)
ST JAMES’S CHURCH CHIPPING CAMPDEN
£10 at the door
This very special concert explores Lutheran chorales both as sung texts and as subjects for Bach’s inventive preludes, and is punctuated by readings from the Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The singers perform verses in Bach’s harmonisation, followed by the organ Chorale prelude from Orgelbüchlein.
Both Bonhoeffer and Bach are profound Lutheran theologians in their respective disciplines. Readings from Bonhoeffer’s works and from his letters from prison are placed as staging posts through the recital of Bach’s music. It makes for a moving sequence.
The evening concludes with the recitation of Compline, enhanced by Tallis’s verse for the hymn ‘Te lucid ante terminum’ and by Byrd’s ‘Ave Maria’. Compline is followed by a final chorale prelude, ‘Nun ruhen alle Wälder'. The audience join the singers in the chorale sung in English.
Saturday 24th September 7:30 pm A Midsummer Night's Dream, Botley Music
Botley Music, All Saints Church, Botley SO30 2EA
This delightfully entertaining sequence places the most beautiful moments from Shakespeare’s popular and masque-like play, with music from Renaissance Italy, Elizabethan London and works by Elgar, Schubert, and Brahms. A feature is Gordon Crosse’s “Spring Awakening” of 2009, setting Bottom’s Dream from the play. The sequence concludes with Wilbye’s exquisite ‘Draw on sweet night’.
£12 / £10 concessions www.wegottickets.com & Church Office 01489 782445
THE GREAT AND WIDE SEA
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Samuel Taylor Coleridge Music by Lynne Plowman
The sinking of HMS Duchess 1939 Music by Sally Beamish
LYNNE PLOWMAN ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’
Twelve brilliant miniatures which illustrate a complete reading of Coleridge’s 1798 epoch-making work by ZEB SOANES (BBC Radio). The 12 compositions refer to the engravings by David Jones for Douglas Cleverdon’s 1929 edition of the poem. Lynne Plowman won the 2003 British Composers Award and has composed for Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company, and the London Mozart Players.
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. The psalm forms a refrain to the account, ending with the hymn ‘Eternal Father strong to save’. Sally Beamish is a composer whose work is performed and broadcast internationally. She has composed for the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Opera, and BBC Proms.
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Sunday 23rd October
Two Moors Festival St George’s Church, Dunster TA24 6SH
11 am - 2:30 pm CHANT WORKSHOP Open to all. Learning about Gregorian chant, notation, history and performance. Preparing for participation in the afternoon concert with Opus Anglicanum for a short memorial for John Adie, co-founder of Two Moors Festival who died last November.
4 pm Concert: THE SONG OF ANGELS & MEMORIAL FOR JOHN ADIE
The Song of Angels is one of Opus Anglicanum’s meditative programmes on spiritual themes. It celebrates angels as invisible companions and guardians, as spiritual warriors, as muses of creativity and as messengers, heralds, warriors and healers. Featuring the first performance of ‘Seraphim’ commissioned from young Australian - American composer Melisa Dunphey, together with Russian Orthodox chant, Gregorian chant, Palestrina, Byrd, Gibbons and Howard Skempton’s 2006 ‘And there was war in heaven’, an Opus Angllicanum commission. The narrated text is from Spenser, Suso, Eliot, Aelfric, Francis Thompson and Traherne. The short Memorial for John Adie follows directly.
Saturday 5th November 10 am to 4 pm Gregorian Chant Workshop, Salisbury
Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EE
An entertaining, informative and enjoyable experience structured around the monastic hour services. Using at first simple recitation in English it includes also some
of the rich heritage of more adventurous Latin chant. The day concludes with an informal performance of a sequence of chant for All Hallows.
Contact Alison Ogden www.sarum.ac.uk & 01722 424826
An entertaining, informative and enjoyable day learning about Gregorian chant in a special and enchanting venue designed by the 18th century architect William Kent. Structured around the
monastic hour services, the course begins with simple recitation in English leading to some Latin chant.
Open to anyone, women & men; singers and non-singers; all are welcome. Concludes with performance of a sequence of chant for Advent.
A meditative first part of Mediaeval Carols with a narration from the middle ages is followed by a Christmas entertainment, with songs and readings for everyone: traditional carols, folk carols, Music Hall and Victorian parlour song, with contemporary favourites from some composers composers commissioned by OA - all set in a warm and humorous context.
MEDIAEVAL CAROLS - 15th century English carols, Mediaeval liturgical music for Christmas (Machault, Josquin, Dunstable etc) and Gregorian chant for Christmas: Hugely popular annual event; a candle-lit concert of English 15th century carols, together with liturgical chant for Christmas in the context of a narration from mediaeval sources. Also Machault's 'Gloria', and Obrecht's magisterial ‘Factor Orbis‘ with its interwoven biblical prophetic texts and concluding declamatory Noës. Bringing the concert to a close is 'Ave Maria mater Dei' by William Cornysh from the late 15th century Eton Choir Book.
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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