The Choir of St James’ directed by Warren Trevelyan-Jones is joined by the Choir of Trinity College, University of Melbourne directed by Christopher Watson, in Incarnation, a programme of sumptuous choral music reflecting the end of mortal life and the journey beyond death.
Journeying from the depths of despair to the light that brings hope and new birth, the choirs together will perform Thomas Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in alium, written for eight choirs in five parts, this is a monumental setting of a prayer adapted from the Book of Judith: ‘I have never placed my hope in any other than you, God of Israel…’
Also on the programme are cornerstones of the Renaissance from Palestrina and Tomkins to the present day classics including Gerald Finzi’s large scale festival anthem, Lo, the full final sacrifice, William Harris’ lavish setting of the 16th century text by Edmund Spenser, Faire is the Heaven, St James’ chorister Brooke Shelley’s Messe sans regretz, a parody on Cristóbal de Morales’ parody mass, Missa Mille Regretz, and Eric Whitacre’s meditative yet soaring and anticipative work, Hope, Faith, Life, Love. Trinity College Choir will perform works by Palestrina (Peccantem me quotidie) and Tomkins (Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom), and The Choir of St James’ will perform Francis Pott’s The Souls of the Righteous, an emotional work commissioned by David Bushnell in memory of his late wife Sheila.
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