The Long Day Closes – Music for an autumn evening

The Long Day Closes – Music for an autumn evening

Prior Park College Chapel


The Long Day Closes
Music for an autumn evening
including Josef Rheinberger’s Cantus Missae in E flat op 109
and featuring saxophonist Katie Bunney

“The most beautiful, pure vocal music of the 19th century” – Otto Ursprung, musicologist

Josef Rheinberger’s double-choir a cappella Cantus Missae (1878), around which Bath Bach Choir’s autumn programme is shaped, was composed 15 years after Prior Park Chapel was built. In harking back to late-Renaissance splendour – the mass with its joyful, lyrical antiphony, the chapel with an acoustic that resonates through its soaring arches – they belong to each other perfectly. The mass is one of conductor Nigel Perrin’s favourite works, although it is not Rheinberger’s best known: that honour falls to Abendlied (Evening Song) which forms the theme for the rest of this evening’s collage of beautiful choral music.

Inspired by the going down of the day – both literal and metaphorical – the programme moves from a Renaissance compline to Sullivan’s emotive The Long Day Closes, via Gibbons, Pearsall, Rachmaninov and contemporary favourite Ola Gjeilo. Adding a layer of improvisation over several of the songs, saxophonist Katie Bunney (Bath Young Musician 2018) will complete the ethereal sound-world.

Bath Bach Choir

Katie Bunney saxophone

Marcus Sealy keyboard

Nigel Perrin conductor

Prior Park Chapel, Prior Park College, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, BA2 5AH


Te Lucis ante Terminum – Thomas Tallis

In Manus Tuas – John Sheppard

Kyrie & Gloria from Cantus Missae – Josef Rheinberger

Living Voices – James Whitbourn

Credo from Cantus Missae – Josef Rheinberger

Parce Mihi Domine – Cristóbal de Morales

Sanctus, Benedictus & Agnus Dei from Cantus Missae – Josef Rheinberger


Nunc Dimittis – Geoffrey Burgon

Nïne otpushchayeshi from All Night Vigil – Sergei Rachmaninov

Saxophone solo played by Katie Bunney

Abendlied – Josef Rheinberger

The Silver Swan – Orlando Gibbons

Lay a Garland – Robert Pearsall

The Long Day Closes – Arthur Sullivan

Sure On This Shining Night – Samuel Barber

Lux Aeterna (Nimrod) – Edward Elgar

Evening Prayer – Ola Gjeilo