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SJE Arts - St John the Evangelist Church
109A Iffley Road


Arnold BaxThis Worldes Joie
Mårten JanssonLo, how a rose e'er blooming
John MuehleisenThe Great 'O' Antiphons: O Emmanuel
Bohuslav Martinů4 Songs about Mary: The Annunciation
Bohuslav Martinů4 Songs about Mary: A Dream
Bohuslav Martinů4 Songs about Mary: Our Lady's Breakfast
Richard Rodney BennettVerses on Saint Cecilia's Day (2006)
Peter WarlockA Cornish Christmas Carol
Dobrinka TabakovaAlma Redemptoris Mater
Simon PrestonThere is no rose
Per NørgårdWinter Hymn (1984, arr. G Eriksson)
Cecilia McDowallO Oriens
Herbert HowellsWalking in the Snow


Matthew Berry – Conductor


Programme Note

Join Commotio in the warm and welcoming surroundings of SJE Arts for a concert celebrating the best of Winter. Per Nørgård's Winter Hymn allows melodies, derived from the same material as his 3rd Symphony, to unfurl across each other like fractals developing on an icy window. Nørgård used these melodies, written for the psalms of Ole Sarvig, throughout the 1970s in both choral and instrumental works. Howells' combined two poems by Emeritus Fellow of New College, John Buxton for his work 'Walking in the snow'. Perhaps less well known than some of his other choral works, 'Walking in the snow' displays sonorous choral textures and suspensions quintessential of the composer.

In addition to these secular celebrations of the season, Commotio will sing contemporary settings of seasonal liturgical texts, including selected Advent Antiphons by Cecilia McDowall, and John Muehleisen. Dobrinka Tabakova's contemporary setting of Alma Redemptoris mater plainsong over sonorous choral chords is simple yet scintillating. Warlock's whimsical 'A Cornish Christmas Carol' references a well known carol, giving a very rare opportunity for the choir to sing it in the original Cornish!

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