St Christopher

The golden age of English choral music
Event 8
Friday October 10th, 8.00pm 
Little Missenden Church

Ravishing choral sounds
Thomas Tallis
Loquebantur variis linguis; Derelinquit impius
Robert White
Christe qui lux es et dies IV
Arvo Pärt
Tribute to Caesar
John Taverner
Dum transisset Sabbatum
David Bednall
The Souls of the Righteous

This is an archived event from the 2014 Programme.

EREBUS ENSEMBLE: Tom Williams director 

This programme draws on the great 16th century flowering of English choral polyphony – the cream of Renaissance composers, Tallis, Byrd, Gibbons and Taverner (not to be confused with the late Sir John Tavener, see below), but also treasures unearthed by the early music revival – long, graceful lines from Sheppard, and White’s radiant Lenten hymn, Christe qui lux es, a plea for peace and protection through the dark night.

Erebus blend in pieces by modern composers whose work resonates with the earlier masters: Arvo Pärt’s typically hypnotic Tribute to Caesar, sparely written and deeply devout; and David Bednall’s warmly luminous Souls of the Righteous, written for Erebus director Tom Williams.

The late Sir John Tavener had a special relationship with this Festival, and wrote The Bridal Chamber in memory of our founder Pat Harrison. His Blake setting, The Lamb, is a great choral favourite. More Tavener tomorrow (Event 9).

Our church is perfect for all this glorious polyphony: parts intertwine, voices soar, and our spirits rise with them.

Erebus Ensemble draws from the finest young singers, who also perform with groups like The Sixteen, Tenebrae and The Gabrieli Consort.

“With young, clear voices weaving in and out of the rich yet austere harmonics and counterpoint of these great works, the effect was mesmerizing” (Bristol Post)

They recently came second in the inaugural London International A Cappella Choir Competition – the only British group to reach the final.