William Alwyn Festival – The Key to the Kingdom

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Friday, 13 Oct 2017 7:30pm

Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, Suffolk

William Alwyn Festival

Ex Cathedra Consort
Jeffrey Skidmore


This concert of English choral treasures explores times and seasons ‘from the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same’ through a programme of glorious music from 6th century chant to new music by David Matthews, Elis Pekhonen and Alec Roth, via Sheppard, Byrd and Rubbra, culminating in Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia.


We are delighted to give this choral tribute to William Alwyn, as part of the William Alwyn Festival, at Holy Trinity Church in Blythburgh, Suffolk – ‘the Cathedral of the Marshes’.


Jeffrey Skidmore has the enviable gift of concocting a witches’ brew of fascination in his programming… enriching’ (The Birmingham Post)


Iam lucis orto sidere (Plainchant Prime)
Alec Roth Dawn Chorus (2017)
William Byrd Responses
John Sheppard Lord’s Prayer
William Byrd Mass for Four Voices (1592) – Sanctus
William Byrd Mass for Four Voices (1592) – Angus Dei
David Matthews The Key of the Kingdom (2008)
Edmund Rubbra Missa Cantuariensis Op. 59 (1945) – Responses
Bernard Rose Lord’s Prayer (1957)
Edmund Rubbra Missa Cantuariensis Op. 59 (1945) – Sanctus & Agnus Dei
Elis Pehkonen Beatitudes (2005 – World Premiere)




Alec Roth Times and Seasons (2012)
Gordon Crosse A May Song (1969)
John Joubert Three Portraits (1985)
– To Mistress Isabell Pennell
– To Mistress Margery
– To Mistress Margaret Hussey


Alan Rawsthorne Four Seasonal Songs (1956)
– Now the Earth, the Skies, the Air
– To the Spring
– Autumn
– Now the Lusty Spring


Alec Roth Sometime I Sing (2016)
Benjamin Britten Hymn to St Cecilia (1942)
Te lucis ante terminum (Plainchant Compline)




For more information about tickets, please visit the William Alwyn website.

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