Wiltshire Music Centre: ‘Such endless perfectness’

Wiltshire Music Centre: ‘Such endless perfectness’

Date(s) - 26/04/2019
7:30 pm

Wiltshire Music Centre

Alumni octet of the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
Graham Ross, conductor

‘Such endless perfectness’

Conductor Graham Ross and eight alumni from the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge present a spectacular a cappella programme exploring the music of heaven, and our journey to it.  Spanning from soaring Renaissance masterpieces by Lobo, Schütz and Taverner to intimate close-harmony arrangements of Gershwin and Irving Berlin, the programme includes much-loved part-songs by Vaughan Williams, Pearsall and Sullivan, Ross’s own popular arrangement of Abide with me, and William Harris’s stunning evocation of Edmund Spenser’s image of heavenly beauty, Faire is the heaven.

ALONSO LOBO (c. 1555–1617) Versa est in luctum 
HEINRICH SCHÜTZ (1585–1672) Selig sind die Toten
RICHARD DERING (c. 1580–1630) Factum est silentium
JOHN TAVERNER (c. 1490–1545) Dum transisset Sabbatum I
JOHN TAVENER (1944–2013) Funeral Ikos
ROBERT RAMSEY (c. 1590–1644) How are the mighty fallen?
HEINRICH SCHÜTZ Deutsches Magnificat
– interval –
HERBERT HOWELLS (1892–1983) I heard a voice from heaven
HOWARD SKEMPTON (b. 1947) He wishes for the cloths of heaven
WILLIAM HENRY MONK (1823–89) arr. GRAHAM ROSS (b. 1985) Abide with me
EDWARD ELGAR (1857–1934) They are at rest
WILLIAM HARRIS (1883–1973) Faire is the heaven
ROBERT PEARSALL (1852–1929) Lay a garland
ARTHUR SULLIVAN (1842–1900) The long day closes
GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898–1937) arr. GRAHAM ROSS (b. 1985) Summertime
IRVING BERLIN (1888–1989) arr. JIM CLEMENTS (b. 1983) Cheek to cheek

with a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm