Saint Cecilia Singers: Psalms & Canticles

Friday 22 March 2024, 7pm

Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets will be available on the door. All proceeds from this concert will go to Gloucester Cathedral’s In Tune Organ and Music campaign.

After a wait of four years, the Saint Cecilia Singers will perform the world premiere of Neil Cox's Requiem Canticles, commissioned for the choir’s 70th anniversary. The first half of the concert will see the choir sing two famous masterpieces of devotional music: Allegri’s Miserere and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms as well as Roderick Williams’ Ave Verum Corpus Reimagined.

Joining the Saint Cecilia Singers to perform the premiere of Requiem Canticles are countertenor Tom Lilburn and instrumentalists on organ, horn, harp and percussion. The piece also incorporates a recording of the Bells of Speyer Cathedral.

Composer Neil Cox said: “I was absolutely delighted to be commissioned to write a piece for the Saint Cecilia Singers, for some of my happiest memories of music-making have been associated with this premier-league choir. I have written the piece with the famous Gloucester acoustic in mind. I wanted to have moments of immense sonority sitting beside passages of real intimacy, and I hope I might be able to give full rein to the choir’s technical assurance.”

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NB: There will be no parking available within the Cathedral precinct other than for blue badge holders. Please note that road repair works will be taking place between 6pm and midnight on Westgate St. Access to the Cathedral via Westgate St will not be possible.  Blue badge holders can enter the grounds via St Mary’s Gate which will be open for vehicle access.  Locations of nearby car parks can be found at the bottom of this webpage.

March 22, 2024
Opening times
Friday 22 March 7pm
Nave 12 College GreenGloucesterGL1 2LX
Adult £20
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