Friday 3rd May, 10.30pm

Cathedral of St.Mary & St. Anne (North Cathedral)

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A perennial favourite late night concert with a sacred and reflective atmosphere, this year’s Evocations will feature the Songmen [UK]

 

PROGRAMME

Totus Tuus •HENRYK GÓRECKI (1933 – 2010)

Gloria in Excelsis Deo •THOMAS WEELKES (1575 – 1623)

Silence and Sound • BEN SAWYER (1978 – )

Memento homo • WILLIAM BYRD (1540 – 1623)

Circumdederunt Me Gemitus Mortis •CRISTÓBAL DE MORALES (1500 – 1553)

Lamentations for Holy Saturday IX• TOMÁS LUIS DE VICTORIA (1548 – 1611)

Nolo Mortem Peccatoris • ROB WATERS

Beati Quorum Via • CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD (1852 – 1924)

Abendlied • JOSEF RHEINBERGER (1839 – 1901)

Down in the River • Trad. / Arr. PHILIP LAWSON (1957 – )

Swing Low • Trad. / Arr. PETER KNIGHT (1917 – 1985)

Ave Maria • ROBERT PARSONS (1535 – 1572)

 

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The Songmen are an international multi-award winning a cappella  ensemble. In 2011 they won awards in the sacred and profane   categories at the prestigious Tolosa International Choral Contest and in 2012 they were one of only three British groups to be nominated for the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards in
the USA, for their jazz album Midnight. With an enviable reputation as one of the UK’s finest and most versatile a cappella groups, The Songmen possess a wealth of experience from the worlds of classical, sacred, and popular music, balancing their
love for the Renaissance masters with a passion for exciting contemporary composers through commissioning and performing their own original material. Regardless of what they sing, the universal principles of perfect tonal blend, colour and precise intonation are fiercely strived for and shine through in every performance. Recent highlights for the group have included their debut at the London A Cappella Festival at Kings Place, London and tours of Spain and Germany where they headlined at the  Neustadter Musik Sommer Festival. They also featured on Aled Jones’s The Choir on BBC Radio 3. The Songmen are preparing for a remarkable year ahead, which will see them singing across Europe and the UK, including performances
at this year’s Three Choirs Festival and the Kings Place Festival. Highlights also include performances in Perugia,  Provence, Northern Germany, Ireland and London, as well as a debut performance in the USA and their debut tour to China. The group will also continue to develop their Education Outreach Programme which has recently taken them to Oundle School, Bedford Modern School, Dean Close School and Tewkesbury School where they delivered a series of  master-classes, coached numerous choirs and adjudicated competitions. In the summer, they will also be performing at the Worcester International Festival for Young Singers. August 2013 sees the launch of their summer school in Todi, Italy.
After premiering six new contemporary pieces in 2011, the group has continued to commission many more, as well as adding to their already burgeoning repertoire of their own bespoke arrangements. The Songmen have released a new CD which is a contrast to Midnight. A classical disc, A Sacred Place, contains favourites such as William Byrd’s ‘Haec Dies’ and Charles Villiers Stanford’s ‘Beati Quorum Via’ and new commissions, two of which are written by members of the group.

Tickets: €15
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