Choir of Clare College

Saturday 17 March, 7pm

About the event

Venue : Stowe School Chapel
Running Time : 2 hours including an interval

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and conductor Graham Ross return to Stowe to explore the theme '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 tranquility achieved at the end of a fulfilled life, setting the text heard at the burial service in the Russian Orthodox tradition. Scotsman James MacMillans superb recent setting of the Miserere sits alongside Estonian Artvo Part's timeless Spiegal im Spiegel for violin and piano and the programme concludes with Peteris Vasks's Plainscapes, a truly stunning evocative meditation for wordless chorus, violin and cello of the landscapes of the composer's native Latvia.

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