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The English Choral Tradition

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The English Choral Tradition

Leonard Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Michael Tippett Five Negro Spirituals from A Child of our Time
Peter Aston Haec Dies
C. Hubert H. Parry Hear my words
Charles V. Stanford Three Motets, op.  38

Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, in his own arrangement for organ, harp and percussion, is an exhilarating opening to a concert of English music that complements both the Song Day (16 February) and the University Choir concert (13 March).  The Five Spirituals come from Tippett’s oratorio A Child of our Time where they evoke the audience’s response to the drama.  Written for the University Chamber Choir in 1971, Peter Aston’s Haec Dies has a notable role for the organ soloist, as does the Parry.  The beauty and simplicity of Stanford’s motets have made them models in the genre.

The University of York Chamber Choir

Ben Horden organ

Peter Seymour conductor

Earlier Event: February 9
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
Later Event: April 13
Fauré: Requiem and other works