O Radiant Dawn: new commissions

We are delighted to be co-commissioning a series of new works for our ‘O Radiant Dawn’ programme with trumpeter, Matilda Lloyd. The first piece is by Richard Barnard, who chose a text by Emily Berry for his piece, ‘Aura’.

We will be giving the world premiere of this piece on Friday 9 October at St John’s Smith Square. Find out more about the performances here.

If you would be interested in supporting these commissions then we would be delighted to hear from you. Please visit the contact page.

BBC Choral Evensong

We sang a service of Choral Evensong live on BBC Radio 3 from St Martin-in-the-Fields on Wednesday 19 August at 3.30pm.

Many of us grew up singing Choral Evensong at churches around the UK and it was wonderful to bring these shared experiences together.

The psalms were specially adapted for this service, beginning with plainchant tones that were arranged by Owain Park. We commissioned Kerensa Briggs to compose a new anglican chant for Psalm 101.

We are grateful to the BBC for inviting us to be part of this series – some of the first live broadcasts since March 2020.

Music List

Introit: Night Prayer (Owain Park) – first performance
Responses: Piers Kennedy
Psalms 98, 99, 100, 101 (Plainchant arr. Owain Park, Kerensa Briggs)
First Lesson: Isaiah 45 vv.1-7
Canticles: Fauxbourdon Setting (William Byrd)
Second Lesson: Ephesians 4 vv.1-16
Anthem: Quemadmodum (John Taverner)
Prayer anthem: O Lord, support us (Henrietta Moran) 
Voluntary: Benedictus sit Deus Pater (Thomas Preston)

Owain Park (Director)
Ben Giddens (Organist)

Listen again until 16 September 2020

Hear works by Byrd and Taverner on our debut album, English Motets

Post-evensong photo taken from the pulpit

New Commission: Joanna Ward

We are terrifically excited to share a photo of our first commission as a group, ‘Christus factus est’ from British composer Joanna Ward.

Joanna Ward received first prize in the under-18 category of our 2016 Composition Competition, and when the opportunity for a new setting of this text arose we really wanted to see what her response would be. 

We’ve tried a few bars over Zoom and it’s going to be one of our new favourites, and hopefully yours too.

The premiere was scheduled for our performance at the Aldeburgh Festival on 26 June 2020, which has unfortunately been cancelled. However, we look forward to revealing a new date to showcase Joanna’s latest work soon.

Find out more about Joanna’s music here.