|I was glad||Hubert Parry|
|Never weather beaten sail||Hubert Parry|
|I know my soul hath power||Hubert Parry|
|There is an old belief||Hubert Parry|
|Organ solo: Psalm Prelude Set 2, No 3||Herbert Howells|
|Zadok the Priest||Georg Friedrich Handel|
|My heart is inditing||Georg Friedrich Handel|
|Lux aeterna||James MacMillan|
|Vinea mea electa||Francois Poulenc|
|Timor et tremor||Francois Poulenc|
|Organ solo: Rhosymedre||Ralph Vaughan Williams|
|The Hills||John Ireland|
|Linden Lea||Ralph Vaughan Williams|
|The Turtle Dove||Ralph Vaughan Williams|
|The Blue Bird||Charles Villiers Stanford|
|Weaver Bird||Matthew Oglesby|
|Organ solo: Tu es Petrus||Jeanne Demessieux|
|Tu es Petrus||Palestrina|
|Tu es Petrus||Philip Moore|
Anthony Gray organ
St Peter’s Singers
Alexander Woodrow director
This programme incorporates a delightful mix of styles and sounds. There’s a nod to the Queen’s Jubilee with two of Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Parry’s I was glad, together with three of his beautiful Songs of Farewell. Rheinberger’s Abendlied (Evening Hymn) brings a more reflective mood, while James Macmillan’s Lux aeterna allows us to briefly revisit our Songs of Solace recital last October and remember those lost in the pandemic.
After an interval, two of Poulenc’s short Motets take us briefly to the very different sound world of twentieth century French spiritual music, before we switch to a more relaxed set of secular part songs, including the well-known Linden Lea by Vaughan Williams and Stanford’s gorgeous The Blue Bird. This group finishes with Weaver Bird, a short composition by our in-house duo poet Hannah Stone and composer Matthew Oglesby.
We finish, fittingly for a choir with our name, with two settings of the text Tu es Petrus (‘You are Peter’), one by the 16th century master Palestrina, and the other composed for our 40th anniversary in 2017 by Philip Moore, formerly Organist of York Minster.
Anthony Gray plays the organ and Alex Woodrow directs.