Finzi 'Lo the Full Final Sacrifice'
Chilcott 'Canticles of Light'
Palestrina 'Missa Aeterna Christi Munera'
Conductor: Alan Eost
Organist: Joshua Hales
Cathedral Church of St Marie, Norfolk Row, Sheffield S1 2JB
Tickets £14 (£11 concessions) £5 Students and U16s
On the door from 7pm, the Blue Moon Cafe, 2 St. James Street Sheffield S1 2EW or online www.oratorio.org.uk
The Sheffield Oratorio Chorus achieves two firsts with its next concert on 22nd February. For the first time it will be performing in the lovely setting of the Cathedral Church of St Marie and the concert marks the debut performance by the newly formed SOC Chamber Choir.
St Marie’s Cathedral provides an ideal venue for this concert combining 20th Century English music with that of the European Renaissance. The music will be enhanced by full use of the Cathedral’s acoustics as the performers are stationed around the building.
Making a second appearance in the concert schedule following the cancellation of the performance scheduled in 2013 are Finzi’s ‘Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice’ and Bob Chilcott’s ‘Canticles of Light’. Palestrina’s ‘Missa Aeterna Christi Munera’ and a series of Renaissance motets including works by Byrd and Victoria will complete the programme for the concert.
‘Canticles of Light’ was written in 2000 for the Winchester Music Group and is a
setting of three Latin Hymns for choir with upper-voice semi chorus accompanied
by organ and tubular bells. Combining two mysterious evening hymns with an
uplifting morning hymn, the work celebrates the triumph of light and hope over
the darkness of night.
Finzi’s ‘Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice’ is a classic of the 20th Century choral repertoire setting verses by Richard Crawshaw describing the drama of the Eucharist. The piece combines atmospheric unaccompanied singing with lyrical passages and ends in a change of character with a magical Amen that has been described as ‘one of
the most remarkable and poignant pieces of choral writing of its period’.