The Deer's Cry: Pärt, Holst, Harris & Lotti
Saturday 19th September
THE DEER'S CRY
A Flagship Choral Workshop from Platinum Consort
Arvo Pärt (b1935)
The Deer's Cry
Antonio Lotti (1667-1740)
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Sir William H. Harris (1883-1973)
Bring us, O Lord God
In this workshop we immerse ourselves in music which evokes peaceful contemplation. At the centre of the programme is Arvo Pärt’s The Deer’s Cry, which is a setting of words based on the poem St. Patrick’s Breastplate. Pärt is known for his holy minimalist style, and particularly for his technique of tintinnabuli, which brings out the bell-like quality of a triad. Pärt is also inspired by Gregorian Chant, evident in the soprano line. Alongside The Deer’s Cry, we will enjoy evocative works by Lotti, Holst and Harris. The openings of both Lotti’s Crucifixus and Holst’s Nunc Dimittis are uncannily similar in their use of slowly evolving dissonant chords, gradually ascending in pitch as the voices enter from bottom to top. Bring us, O Lord God is a double-choir setting by Harris of words by the Renaissance metaphysical poet John Donne. Harris’ music effortlessly evokes Donne’s radiant picture of heaven, with an exquisite chord progression throughout the Amen.
Scott Inglis-Kidger Director
Ghislaine Morgan Associate Musical Director
St Mary's Church, Battersea Church Road
London SW11 3NA
Cost includes break time refreshments. Participants will be provided with a copy of Crucifixus, but are kindly asked to purchase copies of the Pärt, Holst, and Harris.
CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds will be available for any reason (including illness) for cancellations received ten days or fewer before the workshop. Workshop places are limited and, in the event of a client asking to cancel their place, refunds can only be offered if there is a waiting list for the relevant voice-part, and another client from the waiting list accepts the place.