A Child’s Prayer
Byrd Mass for Four Voices
Purcell Remember not, Lord, our offences
James MacMillan A Child’s Prayer
Tavener The Lamb
Gorecki Totus tuus
Contrast the earliest, most intense of Byrd’s Masses with the deeply personal and unusual Howells Requiem, written following the death of his son in 1935. Add A Child’s Prayer, James MacMillan’s poignant response to the Dunblane massacre, and Tavener’s miniature gem, The Lamb, dedicated to his nephew’s third birthday, mix well with Gorecki’s sonorous double-choir motet for Pope John Paul II, Totus tuus, and Purcell’s pleading anthem, Remember not, Lord, our offences, written for the choir of Westminster Abbey, and you have the perfect recipe for a fascinating, intimate and emotional programme.
The Handful has enjoyed an enviable reputation as one of the most exciting, vibrant and adventurous chamber choirs in and around Bath. Founded in 2002 as A Handful of Singers, the choir started out as a small group of experienced singers. Since then the choir has grown both in size, to 26 singers, and in stature. With Tomos Watkins at the helm, The Handful has entered a new phase as a forward-looking choir, always enthralling audiences with its fine sound and imaginative programming, and always seeking to leave them captivated.
“This fine choir is arguably the best secular choir in Bath…very impressive”
Peter King (organ)
For more details see www.thehandful.org