THE LAST INVOCATION
University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford
Saturday 10th June 2017, 7:30pm
Schola Cantorum invites you to the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, for a diverse concert of choral works spanning five hundred years. After fifteen years as Schola’s director, this will be James Burton’s final performance with the choir, and the choir will be joined by alumni old and new for this celebration of hope in music.
The first half juxtaposes Christopher Tye’s “Peccavimus cum patribus” – a latin prayer-motet composed during the brief reign of Mary I - with Philip Moore’s contemporary setting of three prayers by the anti-fascist theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed by the Nazis in April 1945. Also featured are works by Byrd, Burton and Howells.
In the second half, two large scale motets by Brahms and Bach (“Fest und Gedenkspruche” and “Singet dem Herrn”) follow Ravel’s often tongue-in-cheek but beautiful “Trois Chansons”, directed by Conducting Scholar Gabriella Noble. The concert culminates in Arnold Schoenberg’s challenging, rarely-performed, and ultimately hopeful “Friede auf Erden” – “Peace on Earth”
Tickets can be purchased at on the door.