Award-winning composer Alison Willis was commissioned by choir member Adrienne Morgan to write a piece celebrating life, love and the potential for all to make the world a better place. Subtitled ‘Affirmation’, the work emphasises the sustaining power of friends and family for those living with breast cancer. It ends with the words, ‘Let every day be full of joy!’
The Five Mystical Songs for baritone soloist and chorus by Vaughan Williams, first heard in 1911, are settings of poems by the visionary seventeenth-century poet and Anglican priest George Herbert. The soloist takes the lead in the first four songs, while the final movement is a hymn of praise for the choir alone, with the refrain ‘Let all the world in every corner sing: my God and King.’
The G minor Mass has been described as one of the most beautiful and effective masses of the twentieth century. Composed in 1921 for use in Westminster Cathedral, this deeply felt interpretation of the words of the Latin liturgy for unaccompanied double choir and soloists is in the tradition of the English late Renaissance composers Byrd and Tallis, whose music had not long been rediscovered.
A retiring collection will be held in aid of Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity.