Arts at Stowe: ‘In peace’

Date(s) - 17/03/2018
7:00 pm


Arts at Stowe
Stowe School Chapel

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
Graham Ross, conductor

‘In peace’

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and conductor Graham Ross return to Stowe to explore the theme of ‘peace’ across the centuries, and how composers have responded to it in their writing for voices.  Their programme includes English settings of the Song of Simeon, the Nunc dimittis, by Christopher Tye and Tarik O’Regan, as well as serene settings of the ancient Compline hymn In Pace by John Sheppard and John Blitheman.  John Tavener’s haunting Svyati for choir and cello explores the tranquillity achieved at the end of a fulfilled life, setting the text heard at the burial service in the Russian Orthodox tradition.  Scotsman James MacMillan’s superb recent setting of the Miserere sits alongside Estonian Arvo Pärt’s timeless Spiegel im Spiegel for violin and piano, and the programme concludes with Pēteris Vasks’s Plainscapes, a truly stunning evocative meditation for wordless chorus, violin and cello of the landscapes of the composer’s native Latvia.

John Sheppard (c. 1515–58) In Pace
Christopher Tye (1505–72) Lord, now lettest thou thy servant
John Blitheman (1525–91) In Pace

Tarik O’Regan (b. 1978) Nunc dimittis

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) Spiegel im Spiegel

James MacMillan (b. 1959) Miserere

– Interval –

John Tavener (1944–2013) Svyati

Graham Ross (b. 1985) Come to me in the silence of the night
Richard Rodney Bennett (1936–2012) A Good-Night
Howard Skempton (b. 1947) He wishes for the cloths of heaven

Pēteris Vasks (b. 1946) – Plainscapes


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