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Vivaldi: Gloria / Gjeilo: Sunrise Mass | Voxcetera

Saturday March 16, 2024 at 19:30
St Michael's Church, Highgate, London
£28, £26, £17, £12, under 18 half price; essential companion free (please contact Voxcetera to arrange)
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  1. Sunrise Mass, for mixed chorus and strings - Ola Gjeilo
  2. Gloria in D RV 589 - Antonio Vivaldi

Voxcetera returns to the beautiful St Michael’s Church with two dazzling works for choir and strings, written nearly 300 years apart. Vivaldi's Baroque masterpiece is preceded by Ola Gjeilo's hypnotic modern mass, inspired by film music. The choir will be accompanied by a string orchestra and, for the Vivaldi, oboe, trumpet and organ.

In a crowded field, little beats Vivaldi's Gloria for exuberant baroque joy. Yet it is full of variety, from the slow and tender 'Et in terra pax' to the effervescent 'Domine, Fili unigenite', the choir accompanied throughout by sprightly strings, oboe and trumpet.

“Most of my favourite composers are film composers working in America today” says the New York-based Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, and his thrilling Sunrise Mass pays tribute to the emotions, adrenaline and sense of wonder of film music. Scored for choir and strings and using traditional Latin texts, the 30-minute piece is strong on melody and rich in harmony, opening with shimmering chords that emerge magically out of silence. It’s unmistakably modern, but in touch with early sacred music including Gregorian chant.

A bar will be open before the concert and during the interval.


There is wheelchair access to the ground floor of the church where most of the concert seating is situated. Essential companions may attend for free. To arrange this or if you have any access questions or special requirements please email: jonbradfield78@hotmail.com

St Michael's Church, Highgate
South Grove
N6 6BJ

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