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The Wounds by James Whitbourn, Kneeling by Claire McCue and music for Easter
The Wounds was commissioned by the BBC in 2001 and is a set of meditations on the wounds of Christ, scored for four-part choir, violin, cello, organ and speaker. The text was compiled and written by the poet and novelist Michael Symmons Roberts who selected the Bible readings which form the backbone of the work, and who wrote the poems which are recited by the speaker.
Calum Robertson commissioned Kneeling, a setting of RS Thomas’s poem, from the Scottish composer, Claire McCue, in 2014. Claire writes for unaccompanied choir and solo clarinet—an unusual and appealing combination.
The concert will also include Widor’s spectacular Surrexit a mortuis.
John Kitchen, Director of Music, Calum Robertson, Assistant Director of Music and solo clarinet, Sally Carr, cello, Paul Jourdan, violin, Old Saint Paul’s Choir with Richard Holloway, speaker.