Old Saint Paul’s Choir to give world premiere of RS Thomas anthem
Date Posted: Tuesday 06 May 2014
The Choir of Old Saint Paul’s are to perform the world premiere of an anthem setting words by the 20th century Welsh poet and priest RS Thomas during High Mass on 18 May.
The work, commissioned by Assistant Organist Calum Robertson has been written by young Scottish composer Claire McCue. McCue studied composition with Rory Boyle, and is winner of many scholarships and awards for composition, including the Dinah Wolfe Memorial prize from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The text Kneeling was selected from the works of RS Thomas by Fr Ian Paton; it describes the sensation of waiting for God in a still and empty church. The composition was funded by an award from the Harriet Cohen Memorial.
The new anthem is scored for clarinet and choir and dedicated to the choir and music staff of Old Saint Pauls. Calum, a clarinet performance graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, will perform the clarinet part. Calum met Claire while studying performance at the Conservatoire.
The first performance takes place on 18 May during 10.30am High Mass at Old Saint Pauls. There is a second opportunity to hear this new piece during Evensong on the same day at 6.30pm.