Cantos Sagrados

Cantos Sagrados

St Mary’s Church, Bathwick

£15—£5 Under 16 FREE

Under 16s go Free

A concert featuring the highly-charged Cantos Sagrados by James MacMillan and Padilla’s glorious Missa Ego flos campi. Handful’s new commission from Peter Relph, Via crucis, based on the stations of the cross, and Finzi’s poetic Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice reinforce the overall theme of repression and sacrifice.

MACMILLAN Cantos Sagrados

PADILLA Missa Ego flos campi

FINZI Lo, the full final sacrifice

PETER RELPH Via crucis (world premiere)

A concert of old and new, sacred and secular, dominated by one of MacMillan’s most powerful works, Cantos Sagrados. This provocative choral drama in 3 movements sets poems about political repression in Latin America combined with traditional religious texts in Latin and includes a virtuosic organ solo part. We are therefore delighted to be joined by the talented Musical Director and Organist of Llandaff Cathedral Stephen Moore.

In complete contrast, Missa Ego flos campi is a gorgeous, double-choir setting of the mass by Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, which reveals the rich cross-currents of mysticism and vitality that characterise the Latin-American baroque, taking its influence from the native music of South America and the Spanish Counter-Reformation. Padilla was among the most important musicians of 17th-century Mexico.

The festival anthem Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice contains some of Finzi’s finest music and has become a staple of the Anglican choral tradition. Expressive, expansive phrases, colourful accompaniment and dramatic vocal writing make this a favourite amongst choirs. The closing eight-part Amen is perhaps one of the most remarkable and poignant pieces of choral writing of its period.

We are delighted to be giving the world premiere of a piece commissioned by The Handful for our 2019-2020 season. Peter Relph was selected from the 45 composers who applied to compose for us. Via crucis is his setting of the Stations of the Cross, designed as a meditative procession. The melodies, as in much of Peter’s music, are inspired by medieval plainchant, Cumbrian folk song, and contemporary classical music.