Exeter Chamber Choir and guest cellist Hilary Boxer present a concert of devotional choral music with interludes for solo cello. The concert is framed by Bach’s motet, Jesu meine Freude, and two of the closing movements from the St John Passion. Other passion-themed highlights are taken from the Baroque: Antonio Lotti’s 8-part Crucifixus, and Henry Purcell’s motets Hear my prayer and Remember not, O Lord our offences are balanced by expressive classics of the 20th century. Maurice Duruflé composed his Quatre motets sur des thèmes grégoriens in 1960, and the first motet, Ubi caritas, is a setting of the antiphon sung during the washing of the feet on Maundy Thursday. William Walton wrote Drop, drop, slow tears at the tender age of 15, whilst Set me as a seal upon thine heart and Olivier Messiaen’s serene O sacrum convivium were both written in the late 1930s. Samuel Barber’s Agnus Dei is his own choral arrangement of the heart-rending Adagio for strings from the same decade, which has been played at numerous memorials, notably the funerals of Albert Einstein, Princess Grace of Monaco, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.
Exeter Chamber Choir
Andrew Daldorph director
Hilary Boxer cello
Did you know that you can dine before any evening concert at the restaurant at Northgate House or at our pizzeria, San Benedetto’s?