My motet for upper voices Above the Stars is having its first UK outing, and my music is making (to my knowledge) its Oxford debut with new ensemble The Korrigan Consort, led by Caroline Lesemann-Elliott. They’ll be performing the piece a few times, alongside other choral gems and creative programming.
The first is their concert “Locus Iste” at St Mary’s Adderbury in Oxfordshire, which has a rich history from the 13th century to present, as the event description says – “It is one of Oxfordshire’s largest and most iconic parish churches, and has witnessed countless events, from the “invention” of Morris Dancing to Royalist conspiracies to the flourishing of Quaker clock-making. Its high-Gothic windows and masonry showcase stunning art, and the crown in the church’s jewel is its 600-year old chancel, to which this concert is dedicated to celebrating.” The concert starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday 23 February.
They will be reprising the piece on their “Welcome Joy, Welcome Sorrow” concert over the following weekend in Oxford: St Mary Magdalen Church on 1 March at 8 pm, Balliol College Chapel on 2 March at 8 pm, and Somerville College Chapel on 3 March at 1 pm. The program is centered around Imogen Holst’s setting of Keats’ “Song of Opposites”, and also features works by Gustav Holst and Mendelssohn.