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Music for Lent: A European tour

An evening of music for Passiontide from around Europe

Add to my Calendar 25-03-2017 19:30 25-03-2017 21:30 36 Music for Lent: A European tour "He was crucified under Pontius Pilate” Lent and Passiontide have produced some of the most beautiful and inspiring music ever written. The Merbecke Choir will be singing a selection of this music by composers from across Europe, including the UK, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy and Poland. Join us for this celebration of European sacred choral music for Lent and Passiontide. Tickets will be available on the door. The Merbecke Choir is a group of around 25-30 singers aged in their 20s and 30s who sing a wide range of music to a high standard. The choir is a staunch supporter of new music, having commissioned several new works, as well as specialising in the performance of renaissance polyphony. It is a regular contributor to the liturgy at Southwark Cathedral, notably at the monthly service of Compline and Eucharistic Devotions, and is the only amateur choir attached to a cathedral in London. It also performs regular concerts, usually one a term, has toured abroad and in the UK and has released a CD, Under the Shadow of Thy Wings. The choir has performed for the HRH Princess Alexandra, the Lord Mayor of London, the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and contributed to Her Majesty the Queen’s Christmas Broadcast recorded at Southwark Cathedral in 2006. The Choir is named after the Tudor composer, John Merbecke (1510-1585), who composed one of the most popular settings of the Book of Common Prayer Communion Service. Merbecke with three other companions was tried for heresy in 1543 in the Retroquire at Southwark, which was used for this purpose at the time. He was found guilty and condemned to be burned at the stake. His sentence was commuted however by Bishop Stephen Gardiner, the then Bishop of Winchester, who decided that as a mere musician Merbecke ‘knew no better’ and so was released to continue his music making. Southwark Cathedral, London DD/MM/YYYY

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Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge
London
SE1 9DA
England


Programme

Maurice DurufléQuatre motets sur des thèmes grégoriens, Op.10
Anton BrucknerChristus factus est, WAB 11
John IV of PortugalCrux Fidelis
Huw MorganThe Word of the Cross
Alonso LoboVersa est in luctum
Henryk GóreckiTotus Tuus, Op.60
Thomas TallisMiserere nostri
Giacomo CarissimiJephte: Plorate filii Israel
Henry PurcellHear My Prayer, O Lord, Z.15
Antonio LottiCrucifixus a 8 voci
Heinrich SchützSelig sind die Toten, SWV 391

Performers

Merbecke Choir

Programme Note

"He was crucified under Pontius Pilate”

Lent and Passiontide have produced some of the most beautiful and inspiring music ever written. The Merbecke Choir will be singing a selection of this music by composers from across Europe, including the UK, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy and Poland.

Join us for this celebration of European sacred choral music for Lent and Passiontide.

Tickets will be available on the door.

The Merbecke Choir is a group of around 25-30 singers aged in their 20s and 30s who sing a wide range of music to a high standard. The choir is a staunch supporter of new music, having commissioned several new works, as well as specialising in the performance of renaissance polyphony. It is a regular contributor to the liturgy at Southwark Cathedral, notably at the monthly service of Compline and Eucharistic Devotions, and is the only amateur choir attached to a cathedral in London. It also performs regular concerts, usually one a term, has toured abroad and in the UK and has released a CD, Under the Shadow of Thy Wings.

The choir has performed for the HRH Princess Alexandra, the Lord Mayor of London, the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and contributed to Her Majesty the Queen’s Christmas Broadcast recorded at Southwark Cathedral in 2006.

The Choir is named after the Tudor composer, John Merbecke (1510-1585), who composed one of the most popular settings of the Book of Common Prayer Communion Service. Merbecke with three other companions was tried for heresy in 1543 in the Retroquire at Southwark, which was used for this purpose at the time. He was found guilty and condemned to be burned at the stake. His sentence was commuted however by Bishop Stephen Gardiner, the then Bishop of Winchester, who decided that as a mere musician Merbecke ‘knew no better’ and so was released to continue his music making.

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