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Gethsemane – 21 March 2013 - College Choir

Gethsemane – 21 March 2013 - College Choir


THE CHOIR OF QUEENS’ COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE Queens’ College Chapel Choir is one of the leading mixed-voice choirs in Cambridge; it prides itself on the freshness of its interpretation, its commitment to quality, and the broad scope of its repertoire. In October 2011 the growing reputation of the choir was reflected in its participation, along with the choirs of King’s, John’s and Trinity, in a Festival Weekend celebrating the music of Stanford and Howells: the choir’s recital of partsongs included Howells’s late masterpiece ‘Sweetest of Sweets’, conducted by its dedicatee, Sir David Willcocks. While twentieth-century music forms the core of the choir’s repertoire, the choir increasingly performs Baroque and contemporary music, reflecting the specialisms of the Director of Music. The choir is regularly joined by a group of student instrumentalists, the Queens’ Chapel Players, enabling the liturgical performance of concerted music. The Choir’s CD recordings have attracted widespread critical acclaim. Their next disc, ‘And Comes the Day’, mixes carols on late medieval English texts with settings of the great Advent Antiphons, and was described by Sony Music’s as ‘uniformly excellent’. In recent years the Choir has performed in Hong Kong, New York, France, Germany, Southern Italy and Belgium; in the summer they will perform in Switzerland. Future plans include a CD recording and a tour to Hong Kong. For more information about the choir, visit SILAS WOLLSTON Silas Wollston is a versatile musician who has pursued a varied career as a researcher, performer and composer. As principal continuo player and assistant conductor for Sir John Eliot Gardiner since 1999 he has become closely associated with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, with whom he has appeared as a soloist on numerous occasions, including the celebrated Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000. From 1996 to 2004 he was the artistic director of the award-winning chamber ensemble The Private Music, which championed unusual seventeenth-century English repertoire: this became the subject of his PhD thesis (The Open University, 2010). As a composer, his works have been performed and recorded by Fretwork. After being awarded a First Class degree in Music at Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar at Trinity College, he studied composition with Robin Holloway, receiving the MPhil. He subsequently studied the harpsichord and early piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and the Conservatoire Royale, Brussels. He was appointed Director of Music and Director of Studies in Music at Queens’ College, Cambridge in 2011.

Texts and translations TRISTIS EST ANIMA MEA Tristis est anima mea usque ad mortem: Sustinete hic et vigilate mecum. Jam videbitis turbam quæ circumdabit me. Vos fugam capietis, et ego vadam immolari pro vobis. Sorrowful is my soul even unto death. Stay here, and watch with me. Now you shall see the mob that will surround me. You shall take flight, and I shall go to be sacrificed for you. Matthew 26: 38 KOMMET HER ZU MIR, ALLE Kommet her zu mir, alle, Die ihr mühselig und beladen seid, Ich will euch erquicken! Nehmet auf euch mein Joch und lernet von mir; Denn ich bin sanftmütig und von Herzen demütig; So werdet ihr Ruhe finden für eure Seelen. Denn mein Joch ist sanft, und meine Last ist leicht. Come to me, all you Who are weary and burdened, And I will give you rest. Take my yolk upon you and learn from me; For I am gentle and humble in heart, And you will find rest for your souls, For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11: 28 CHRISTUS FACTUS EST Christus factus est pro nobis obediens Usque ad mortem, mortem autem crucis. Propter quod et Deus Exaltavit illum et dedit illi nomen, Quod est super omne nomen. Christ became obedient for us unto death, Even unto death, death on the cross. Therefore God Exalted Him and gave Him a name Which is above all names. Philippians 2: 8-9; Gradual for Maundy Thursday

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