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The Gate to Eternity - Inspirational poetry settings | Nonsuch Singers

Saturday October 26, 2019 at 19:30
St James's Church, Paddington, London
£18 (£15 concessions), under 16s free
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  1. I thank you God for most this amazing day - Eric Whitacre
  2. Beyond the Night Sky - Cheryl Frances-Hoad
  3. Hymn to the night - Ed Rex
  4. Sleep Cycle - a choral cycle in 7 movements - Edmund Jolliffe
  5. Hymn to St Cecilia Op 27 - Benjamin Britten
  6. The Prophet - Alexander L'Estrange
  7. The Darkling Thrush - Jonathan Dove
  8. The Cloths of Heaven - Dilys Elwyn Edwards
  9. Phos hilaron - Owain Park

We return to St. James’s Church, Sussex Gardens with a concert of music by 20th and 21st century composers whose imaginations have been fired by inspirational poetry, especially the poetry of sleep, dreams and the darkness of night.

Under the title The Gate to Eternity (one of the settings of the Gibran poems), our programme features the world première of Sleep Cycle, a sequence of seven highly individual choral settings by the British composer Edmund Jolliffe. They draw on the work of poets from the late 16th to the early 20th century, from Shakespeare and Byron to the less familiar Marietta Holley and Ella Higginson.

Benjamin Britten’s classic of the unaccompanied choral repertoire Hymn to St. Cecilia, with a powerful text by his friend WH Auden, is the other major work in our concert, alongside which we present Jonathan Dove’s setting of Thomas Hardy’s The Darkling Thrush and Alexander L’Estrange’s The Prophet, three settings of poems by Khalil Gibran from his 1923 book of the same name.

Eric Whitacre’s glowing setting of E E Cummings’s I thank you God for most this amazing day, begins our programme, which also includes Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s Beyond the Night Sky, and works by Ed Rex and Owain Park.

We look forward to having you join us.

St James's Church, Paddington
Sussex Gardens
W2 3UD
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