Publisher: Chester Music
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (1980)
commissioned by The Southern Cathedrals Festival
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus a cappella / Chorus plus 1 instrument
The words of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis have always held a special place in my affections and in fact I set the Latin text of the Magnificat for choir and orchestra for the 1968 City of London Festival.
I was therefore particularly pleased to by asked by John Birch to write an English setting for choir and organ for the Southern Cathedrals Festival. I am currently working on a full-length opera, and was happy to take a break from such a mammoth task to set these very moving texts.
Choir of Clare College Cambridge