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A Christian Year in Song | Kent Chamber Choir and Holy Cross Choir

Saturday September 15, 2018 at 19:30
Holy Cross Church, Bearsted, Maidstone
£10, children and full-time students £5
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  1. Nova! Nova! - Bob Chilcott
  2. Jesus Christ the Apple Tree - Elizabeth Poston
  3. A heavenly song - Cecilia McDowall
  4. Here is the little door - Herbert Howells
  5. Caelos ascendit hodie, from 3 Motets Op 38 - Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
  6. Crux fidelis - John IV, King of Portugal
  7. Haec Dies quam fecit Dominus - William Byrd
  8. Hear my Prayer, O Lord Z 15 - Henry Purcell
  9. Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts, from Funeral Sentences for the death of Queen Mary - Henry Purcell
  10. O Lord God of hosts Z37 - Henry Purcell
  11. O radiant dawn, from Strathclyde Motets - Sir James MacMillan
  12. Alma redemptoris mater Op 10 No 9 - Isabella Leonarda
  13. Sanctus - Alan Vincent
  14. My soul, there is a country, from Songs of Farewell - Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
  15. My Guardian Angel - Judith Weir
  16. O where shall wisdom be found? - William Boyce
  17. I was glad - Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry

Concert in support of Holy Cross Church's 'Raise the Roof' fund

This evening of choral music takes place during Holy Cross Church's Flower Festival. The music is chosen to reflect some of the significant festivals and occasions in the church year with the two choirs singing both separately and together. Holy Cross Choir's selection includes William Byrd's spirited Haec dies from Psalm 117 ('This is the day the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it, Alleluia') and Elizabeth Poston's well-known gem, Jesus Christ the apple tree.

To mark the centenary of UK women's suffrage, and to participate in reversing the unjust neglect of female composers, Kent Chamber Choir's programme also features works by two women: Isabella Leonarda and Judith Weir. Leonarda entered an Ursuline convent in 1636 at the age of 16 and stayed there until her death in 1704. She was over 50 before she started composing and publishing her works. Her motet Alma Redemptoris Mater is one of four seasonal Marian antiphons sung at the end of the office of Compline. Weir describes her My guardian Angel as a carol because of “the increased incidence of public appearances by Angels at Christmas time”. It combines a short text by William Blake with a simple, repeated Alleluia for audience participation.

The choirs join forces for masterpieces by English composers, three of which are by Henry Purcell. Hear my prayer, O Lord and O Lord God of hosts are both superlative contrapuntal psalm settings for eight-part choir. By contrast, Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts is a moving hymn-like anthem written for Queen Mary II's funeral at Westminster Abbey in 1695. It was repeated later that year at the composer's own funeral in the Abbey. 2018 sees the centenary of Hubert Parry's death and his famous coronation anthem, I was glad when they said unto me, brings the evening's entertainment to a suitably resplendent conclusion.

Holy Cross Church
Church Lane
Bearsted, Maidstone
ME14 4EE
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