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Passion Sunday Concert of Music and Readings – NOW CANCELLED

Sunday March 29 @ 16:30 - 17:30


My Fairest Vine: choral and organ music for Passiontide

Sunday March 29th 2020 at 16.30 The Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert, Bolton Abbey Skipton, North Yorkshire BD236AL

On Passion Sunday Priory Director of Music Timothy Raymond and principal guest choir, Cantores Salicium, will give a concert for Passiontide. The programme is a musical journey, each choral work representing an event, a statement or a reflection with organ solos amongst them.
John Sheppard’s “Sancte Deus” with majestic soaring phrases, is followed by two early organ pieces from England and Austria. Thomas Tallis’ “With fasting and weeping” is a masterpiece of word setting, said by scholars to be one of the his best works and then Weelkes’ lively “Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who cometh in the name of the Lord” depicts the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, the music showing a hint of mocking, though it is impossible to know whether this was intended. Relating to this “In nomine Domini” is a short organ work by sixteenth century English composer John Taverner. The centrepiece of the programme is John Sanders’ “Reproaches”, written for Gloucester Cathedral where he was director of music. This is a powerful setting of antiphons and responses for Good Friday, in which repeated choruses are answered by chant, sung by either the men or the women of the choir. “Oh my people, what have I done to you?” “I planted you as my fairest vine but you yielded only bitterness”.
Following this are choral works by Victoria, Lassus and the extraordinary Carlo Gesualdo, who not only wrote music with strange chromaticisms far in advance of the period, but is noted also for murdering his wife. This was deemed a “crime passionel” so, combined with his status as a nobleman, enabled him to avoid punishment. His dramatic version of “Behold and see if there be any sorrow” is coupled with an organ work by a similarly progressive composer, Giovanni de Macque, who was employed by Gesualdo.
We are delighted that Tim Raymond will play one of his own compositions, his “Lament of the Three Mary’s”. He will also play Bach’s beautiful “O Mensch bewein”, a gentle chorale prelude for Passiontide. A motet for double choir by Giovanni Croce, “In the spirit of humility”, has phrases of simple beauty which are handed gently from one choir to the other and finally the journey ends with Victoria’s gentle and poignant “Behold! the just man dies”.
This varied programme is intended to be a small oasis of reflection for our time.
Lindy Williams February 2020
Entry to this concert is free, donations towards our costs are welcome. This is a short programme and there is no interval. Please note the unusual time of this concert which is at 16.30

Car parking free in village car park. Parking at the church for those less able to walk from the village. Disabled access.



Sunday March 29
16:30 - 17:30
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Bolton Priory Church
Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert, Bolton Abbey
Skipton, BD23 6AL
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