Fire and flames have long captured the imagination of writers and composers. The Choir presents a programme of dramatic twentieth-century choral works encompassing the ‘immortal fire’ of Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia, the ’flame of fire’ evoked in John Rutter’s extraordinary Hymn to the Creator of Light, and John Tavener’s majestic evocation of William Blake’s Tyger, ‘burning bright’. The centrepiece is Morten Lauridsen’s Madrigali – Six ‘Fire Songs’, settings of sixteenth-century madrigal texts on the theme of ardent love.

Repertoire

Lauridsen, Madrigali: 6 Fire Songs

MacMillan, The Gallant Weaver

Shaw, And the swallow

Britten, Rejoice in the Lamb

Britten, A Hymn to St Cecilia

Tippett, Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time