EX CATHEDRA | Rachmaninoff 150 'Vespers'
Rachmaninoff 150 'Vespers'


Saturday 4 May 2024, 7.30pm
Sherborne Abbey


Abbey Close
Sherborne , DT9 3LQ

Rachmaninoff 150 'Vespers'

Jeffrey Skidmore conductor

Martha McLorinan mezzo soprano
James Robinson tenor
Simone Rebello bells

Powerful, passionate, hypnotic – in a time of turmoil and amid the shock of war, Rachmaninoff turned to the choral heritage he held dear, and created one of the most awe-inspiring vocal masterpieces.

Immerse yourself in its luminous choral tapestry, mesmeric melodies and some of the lowest notes you’ll ever hear sung. No wonder it is beloved by audiences and singers alike.

Concerts given by Ex Cathedra are never just concerts... incredible intonation and tuning, soaring to great heights and plunging into abyssal depths yet staying true, never wavering. The choir’s intricate shaping of the music continued to the last ... passing through blazing fire before finally receding into a quiet, radiant joy

Read the full www.bachtrack.com review

Jeffrey writes:

"We are thrilled to return to Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, his most-loved work using orthodox chants from the Znamenny tradition, Greece and poignantly from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. Recent discoveries from the original 1915 poster inform our performance and bells, so dear to Rachmaninoff and Russian Christian culture, will sound the chants between movements."

Running time: approx. 1 hr 40 minutes, including interval.

How to book

Booking opens soon, please refer to the Sherborne Abbey Festival website (via the "save the date" link) for more information.

£35 / £30 / £15 / £10