Sat 17 Mar
Venue: Chapter House, York Minster
Ticket Information: £15 with concessions (U16s Free)
Producer: The Ebor Singers
A Farewell to Arms
Music for Choir and 'Cello by John Tavener and Richard Rodney Bennett
Tavener: The Lamb, The Tyger, Svyati
Macmillan: Miserere, Christus vincit, A Child's Prayer
Rodney Bennett: A Farewell to Arms
In this programme, The Ebor Singers draw out the fresh musical colours of these works, emphasising the melancholic combination of solo cello with the sonority of voices. John Tavener uses the wail of the cello, matched with the drone of the choir’s basses, to evoke the Orthodox tones for which he is so famed In ‘A Farewell To Arms’.
Richard Rodney Bennett sets the poetry of Ralph Knevet (17th century) and George Peele (16th century) and their mediations on the homely life after years spent soldiering. The cello here can be heard to serve as the ‘voice’ of the old soldier, which is particularly poignant as 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary since the end of the First World War.
Also featured in the programme are works by James Macmillan, including the ‘Miserere’, where the penitential reverence of Psalm 51 is enhanced by Macmillan’s expressive vocal style. The choir will also be singing other choral pieces by Tavener, including his popular ‘The Lamb’ and companion piece ‘The Tyger’.