Every breath a song – 16 October 2021


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Saturday 16 October 2021 at 7.30pm

Exultate Singers
Conducted by David Ogden
Richard May cello
Richard Johnson chamber organ

Every breath a song David Ogden
O clap your hands Orlando Gibbons
Ave verum William Byrd
Domine Deus meus Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Gaudete omnes Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Arioso from Cantata BWV 156 – J.S..Bach
Singet dem Herrn J.S Bach
Cantus Missae in E flat Josef Rheinberger

Exultate Singers returns to St George’s to perform an uplifting and moving programme of music in celebration of singing. The choir is joined by one of its regular collaborators, the professional cellist Richard May, who will perform beautiful solos by Bach and Rheinberger, providing moments of tranquillity and reflection.

The concert opens with a piece by the choir’s conductor, David Ogden, celebrating the gift of song. The atmospheric piece opens with a simple 8th century plainsong melody, which returns as a refrain between the verses of the 20th century poem Every breath a song before building to a thrilling conclusion. The choir is divided into two halves to duet and duel in Bach’s virtuosic motet Singet dem Herrn,, Gibbons’ vivacious and energetic anthem O clap your hands and in Rheinberger’s wonderfully lyrical and expressive double choir mass setting. Two motets by the Netherlands’ most famous composer, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, mark the 400th anniversary of his death.