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Awake the Psaltery and Harp: Modern Choral Masterpieces


Eric Whitacre
Eric Whitacre
When David Heard
Otče Náš (The Lord’s Prayer)
Chichester Psalms


  • Lewisham Choral Society
Dan Ludford-Thomas
Nico de Villiers

Lewisham Choral Society’s summer concert showcases four iconic works from the modern choral repertoire, united by their lyrical vocal writing combined with striking instrumentation. These dramatic works alternate passages of quiet contemplation with dynamic outpourings of energy.

The programme includes two works by one of the world’s leading composers of contemporary choral music, Eric Whitacre. His Cloudburst (1995), set to a Spanish poem by Octavio Paz, tells of the longing for and arrival of desert rain, which he creates with a stunning vocal score combined with a highly atmospheric blend of spoken voice, piano, bells, thundersheets and finger snaps. His profoundly moving When David Heard (1999) tells the biblical story of the moment when King David learns of the death of his son, Absolom.

Leoš Janáček’s six-movement setting of The Lord’s Prayer, Otce Náš (1906), is scored for choir and tenor solo, with a beautiful organ and harp accompaniment. Leonard Bernstein too uses harp, percussion, solo and choral voices in his Chichester Psalms (1965). This setting of psalms, sung in Hebrew, includes a lyrical setting of Psalm 23 for soloist and choir, punctuated by the dramatically intense Psalm 2, ‘Why do the Nations Rage?’ for male voices and percussion. In his characteristic style, Bernstein creates contrasting moods of sublime calm and dramatic intensity.

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