Glories of Byzantium

Sunday 18 November 2018 at 6pm

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Exultate Singers
David Ogden conductor
Gareth Treseder tenor
Katy Latham violin

Kassiani Byzantine Chant
John Tavener Song for Athene
John Tavener Eonia – the Jasmine
Nick Bicât Requiem
Toby Young Greek Love Songs (new commission, first performance)
Solfa Carlile Between Sea and Sky
Trad arr. Barnett Dance of Zolongo

In this early evening concert, Exultate Singers presents an intriguing programme of choral music influenced by Greek sacred and secular culture and traditions. The concert opens with a Byzantine chant by the 9th century abbess Kassiani. Inspired by the spirituality of Greek Orthodox chant, John Tavener’s celebrated Song of Athene and Eonia are mesmerising and serene, transporting the listener into a mystical sound world.

Nick Bicât is a celebrated film and TV composer in the USA and UK. In his Requiem he intersperses Greek epitaphs of ordinary people from across the centuries into the Latin Requiem text, creating a work that is both rhythmically exciting and deeply poignant.

English translations of Ancient Greek texts are set by the Irish composer Solfa Carlile in her three Byzantine hymns, Between Sea and Sky. The composer combines an Irish folk style with dramatic and vivid word painting that bring to life poems telling of journeys made long ago across the Aegean sea.

The rising star composer Toby Young has written several pieces for Exultate Singers to great acclaim. His Greek Love Songs receive their world premiere in this concert – five settings of poems exploring different Greek words for love, Ludus, Eros, Philia, Agape and Philautia, contrasting many choral styles and emotions.

Come and join us for an ecstatic evening of Greek musical wonders.

This conceert is supported by Cantata Dramatica, a not-for-profit organisation (charity registration number 1158027) whose objective is to commission and promote new music.

Toby Young has written works for renowned ensembles and orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Fretwork, London Mozart Players, Britten Sinfonia and CHROMA. Choral works have been commissioned by numerous groups, including the choirs of King’s College Cambridge, New College Oxford, Queens College Oxford, Westminster Abbey, the Choir of Royal Holloway, the Joyful Company of Singers, and the BBC Singers. Many of Toby’s works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, and he has been the featured composer at the Kings Lynn and Stratford Festivals. He is currently Composer-in-Residence with the Armonico Consort, following past residencies with the London Oriana Choir and Reverie.


Venue

St George's, Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR

Tickets

£12 / £15 / £20 for adults, half price for students in full time education and under 18s (limited availability)

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