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Details

St George's
Great George Street
Bristol
BS1 5RR
England


Programme

James MacMillanSeven Angels
Ian CarpenterIn paradisum
William HarrisFaire is the Heaven
Samuel BarberAgnus Dei
John RutterHymn to the Creator of Light
James MacMillanIn Splendoribus Sanctorum

Performers

David Ogden – conductor
Lucy Wakeford – harp
Richard May – cello
Jeremy Little – percussion
Simon Munday – trumpet / shofar
Ross Brown – trumpet / shofar

Exultate Singers

Programme Note

Exultate Singers reveals visions of heaven in this Remembrance weekend concert. A tapestry of works in the first half includes transcendent works by James MacMillan and William Harris and Samuel Barber's Agnus Dei, his own arrangement of his Adagio for Strings. The choir also performs Ian Carpenter's radiant setting of In Paradisum and John Rutter's anthem Hymn to the Creator of Light, an homage to Herbert Howells, full of mystical intensity, which with its iridescent chromatic harmonies is reminiscent of Howells' own music.

For the second half, the choir is joined by trumpets, shofars, percussion, harp and cello to perform James MacMillan’s extraordinary new work Seven Angels, a setting of vivid and intensely dramatic text from the Book of Revelation. Commissioned by Ex Cathedra, it was premiered in Birmingham in January 2015.

The writing for the instrumental ensemble and choir is brimming with originality, drawing the audience in to the apocalyptic events described in the biblical text, ending with a euphoric chorale with the words ‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth’.

"[James MacMillan is] a composer so confident of his own musical language that he makes it instantly communicative to his listeners." The Guardian

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