Damian O’Keeffe baritone
Graham Eccles organ and piano
Chester Music Society Choir
Liverpool Sinfonia Chamber Ensemble conducted by Graham Jordan Ellis
Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams sets poems by seventeenth-century poet and priest George Herbert. The first four songs are quiet personal meditations in which the soloist takes a key role, while the final “Antiphon” is a triumphant hymn of praise that is also sometimes sung as a church anthem: “Let all the world in every corner sing”.
Bob Chilcott’s wonderful setting of the Latin Missa Brevis, A Little Jazz Mass, was composed for the 2004 Crescent City Choral Festival, New Orleans, and brings together two very diverse traditions – the Latin Mass and the jazz idiom – in an expressive and entirely unforced way, guaranteed to lift the spirits.
John Rutter’s long-awaited new major work The Gift of Life is a six-movement choral celebration of the living earth, of creation, and of life itself, offering a kaleidoscope of moods from contemplative and prayerful, to majestic and inspirational. He sets his own words in a tender reminder that the gift of each day is precious, and that we have within us the power to find new possibilities and bring new hope of peace to our world.
Tickets £15 (Full time students, under 18s & carer with registered disabled person free)