Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Hereford Cathedral
Cathedral Close


Antonín DvořákStabat Mater, Op.58


Johane Ansell – Soprano
Madeleine Shaw – mezzo-soprano
Tom Raskin – Tenor
Bozidar Smiljanic – Bass
Geraint Bowen – Conductor

Hereford Sinfonia
Hereford Choral Society

Programme Note

Stabat mater dolorosa, a 13th-century hymn describing the sorrow of Mary at the foot of the cross, has been set over the centuries in a surprising variety of styles. Dvorak's lyrical work was begun after the death of his daughter Josefa, and orchestrated very soon afterwards after the deaths of another daghter and his son, all in the late 1870s. Melodious and elegant, with a heartfelt and stirring concluding passage, it is a moving tribute to the composer's young family.

Geraint Bowen, conductor

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