Immortal Fire: Britten, Purcell & Tallis
Saturday 14th November
A Flagship Choral Workshop from Platinum Consort
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Hymn to St Cecilia
Henry Purcell (c1659-1695)
Hear my Prayer
Thomas Tallis (c1505-1585)
O nata lux
Being so close to St Cecilia’s day and Benjamin Britten’s birthday (22nd November), we will immerse ourselves in the immortal fire of Britten’s wonderful ode to the patron saint of music. The piece is a setting of a text by Britten’s friend and colleague, W.H. Auden – however, this text is the last of his that Britten set, as by this point their friendship was wearing thin. Auden was in the habit of making his feelings about Britten’s personal development known, and some have conjectured that parts of this poem are thinly veiled references to Britten’s character, specifically ‘There is no creature/Whom I belong to, / Whom I could wrong ... I shall never be / Different. Love me!’ Despite this, Britten – after a spell of creative block – set the text extremely evocatively, and it is both a challenge and a joy to sing. Alongside this, we will sing two prayerful examples of the work of two of England’s finest composers. Thomas Tallis’ O Nata Lux, a motet for the Feast of the Transfiguration, is a small gem – its intimate setting abounds with false relations and other dissonances, depicting the wonder of the vision that the disciples received. Lastly, Henry Purcell’s ‘noble fragment’ Hear my Prayer, the brevity of which only adds to its effectiveness and emotional intensity.
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 the Tallis and Purcell, but are kindly asked to purchase a copy of the Britten.
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.
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