City Chamber Choir: Cecilia McDowall's Da Vinci RequiemHoly Sepulchre London, EC1A 2DQ , [Venue Details]
CITY CHAMBER CHOIR are delighted to be returning to the splendid and spacious National Musicians’ Church, Holy Sepulchre London, for their spring programme of British music.
The solemn and moving Songs of Farewell by Parry represent a pinnacle of choral writing from the early twentieth century, a fact reflected in the use of one of its pieces at the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Bringing us right up to date is the 2019 Da Vinci Requiem. This significant seven-movement work from City Chamber Choir’s President Cecilia McDowall presents an imaginative pairing of extracts from The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci with texts from the Latin Missa pro defunctis. Da Vinci’s reflective and penetrating insights into the nature of mortality and all that it encompasses cast new light on the familiar Requiem texts.
Sure to become a classic, the work is powerful and mysterious, and reflects the composer’s longstanding interest in Leonardo. It is also full of gorgeous melodies and harmonies. Gerald Finzi’s serene Eclogue for piano and strings completes the programme
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