May
20
7:30 pm19:30

In Love's Garden: choral settings of the Songs of Songs

  • St Sepulchre-without-Newgate

Tickets: £12 ('early bird' discount until 15th May) / £15 | £10 (students).

The Old Testament Song of Songs contains some of the most beautiful love poetry ever written, and its heady eroticism has inspired superb music from composers across five centuries. Our programme centres on the rarely-performed, luscious twelve-voiced Le Cantique des Cantiques by Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur, which is heard alongside sumptuous Renaissance works by Clemens non Papa, Tomás Luis de Victoria and Hieronymus Praetorius, and equally seductive works by two modern masters, Howard Skempton and Francis Grier.

A glass of wine will be served during the interval.

Programme
Jacobus Clemens non Papa: Ego flos campi
William Walton: Set me as a seal
Tomás Luis de Victoria: Vidi speciosam
Edward Bairstow: I sat down under his shadow
Hieronymus Praetorius: Tota pulchra es Maria
Francis Grier: Dilectus meus mihi
Howard Skempton: Rise up my love
Jean-Ives Daniel-Lesur: Le cantique des cantiques