Southern Voices concert – ‘Hear my Prayer’

Southern Voices will be making its debut performance under the baton of new musical director, Katherine Dienes-Williams, on Saturday 10 March.

The Winchester-based chamber choir will be exploring the sentiments of loss, yearning, joy, sorrow and hope in a reflective programme of music titled Hear my Prayer.

British musicians from Purcell through to Howells, Rubbra , Tippett and contemporary composer Bob Chilcott feature prominently in a selection of music which will include Howells’ Take Him Earth for Cherishing, 17th and 21st century settings of Hear my Prayer and the Five Spirituals from Tippett’s oratorio A Child of our Time.

Renowned cellist Karen Stephenson will perform Walton’s Passacaglia for solo cello and accompany the singers in a haunting setting of the Stabat Mater by Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt. Composed in 1986, the work reflects the inifluences of Nystedt’s studies with the American Aaron Copland and his deep interest in Gregorian chant and the polyphony of Palestrina.

Four Penitential Motets by Poulenc represent French writing from the time of the Second World War while Pizzetti’s powerful seven-part setting of De Profundis and a setting of the Nunc Dimittis by Gustav Holst will also feature during the evening at the Chapel of St Cross.

Katherine Dienes-Williams is an accomplished conductor and chorus master who was organ scholar at Winchester Cathedral and assistant organist at Winchester College in the early 1990s. She is currently Organist and Master of the Choristers at Guildford Cathedral, the first woman to hold such a position in the Church of England.

Tickets for the St Cross concert on 10 March are available from Winchester Cathedral Box Office on 01962 857275 or online via http://www.southernvoices.co.uk price £17.50 (concessions £14.50; children 17 and under £5).

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