Wednesday, April 8, 2015

James MacMillan's St Luke Passion

Over the Easter weekend eleven trebles from the Schola took part in two performances of James MacMillan's St Luke Passion. Conducted by the composer, the performances were held in the Chapel of King's College, Cambridge and at the Barbican concert hall in London. The Vaughan boys sang alongside boys from Trinity Boys Choir as well as the Britten Sinfonia and the Britten Voices. 

The performance given in King's College, Cambridge on Good Friday was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. You can listen to this performance on iPlayer for the next few weeks.

Here are photos of the first rehearsal, held at the Henry Wood Hall in London on Maundy Thursday,  the performance in Kings and the performance at the Barbican. (More photos are available here).

Reviews of the concerts included:

'Equally clear were the young voices of Christ who delivered their triadic text (for the preparation of the Passover) with total confidence, producing a perfectly blended sound when later reducing to a single strand. Thorough coaching enabled them to sail through the tricky imitative writing for the ‘Daughters of Jerusalem’ sequence (Christ’s words on the Cross) and sustain a convincingly held humming tone at the work’s close – an indication, perhaps, of Christ’s continuing presence in the world today.' Classical Source

Its formidable challenges were superbly met, with London’s Trinity Boys Choir and the Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School sounding serenely otherworldly The Guardian

There are wondrous moments from the children's chorus - MacMillan can have written nothing more rapt than Jesus's Daughters of Jerusalem prophecy The Times

Tweets about the concert included:


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