The next Southern Voices concert will cover five centuries of choral music celebrating the Virgin Mary. It will take place on Saturday 14 March at 7.30 in St Cross Church in Winchester.
The programme includes the usual Southern Voices fare with some fantastic early music from Tallis, Byrd and Palestrina through to more modern pieces from Einojuhani Rautavaara, Richard Allain and Jan Sandström. The pieces sound amazing in rehearsal!
Musical director Katherine Dienes-Williams outlines the programme
Mary, Mother of Jesus. Throughout the ages, choral works have been written concerning aspects of Mary’s life and her role as mother of Jesus Christ. Through music and reflection, our concert will explore seven different aspects of this: The Nativity of Mary, The Annunciation, the Nativity of Jesus, Mary’s role in Jesus’ ministry, Mary at the Cross, the Assumption and the adoration of Mary. Canon Dr. Andrew Bishop, Chaplain to the University of Surrey, will lead reflections interspersed with choral items from Thomas Tallis’ florid setting of ‘Salve intemerata’ to Giovanni di Palestrina’s ‘Stabat Mater’, from James Macmillan’s ‘Seinte Mari, moder milde’, to Einojuhani Rautavaara’s ‘Canticum Mariae virginis’. This will be a heady mix of music from the Renaissance to the present day, and will show something of the veneration accorded to the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout the ages.
The programme will include:
Tallis – Salve intermerata
Victoria – Ne timeas Maria
Byrd – Ecce Virgo concipiet
Morales – Ecce Virgo concipiet
Sandstrom – Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
MacMillan – Seinte Maria moder milde
Richard Allain – Cana’s Guest
Palestrina – Stabat mater
Palestrina – Assumpta es Maria
Morales – Exsaltata est sancta
Rautavaara – Canticum Marie Virginis
Full price £16 (concessions £14; children 17 and under £5)
Available from the Cathedral Box Office or from me.