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News - O’Regan premieres at East Neuk Festival and Southern Cathedrals Festival

Marion Ettlinger
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Two new works by Tarik O’Regan receive their first performances this July.

The St Andrews Responsories has been commissioned by the East Neuk Festival for the Orlando Consort and will be given its premiere at St Monans Church, Fife, on July 4. The piece takes its starting point from medieval manuscripts found in the nearby cathedral priory of St Andrews.

In recent months, the Harmonia Mundi recording of O’Regan’s previous works for the Orlando Consort, Scattered Rhymes and Virelai: Douce dame jolie, has received rave reviews with BBC Music Magazine electing it their Choral Disc of the Month for June. The composer and Orlando Consort will appear on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune to talk about their collaboration on June 30 at 5:15pm (available for seven days after broadcast).

O’Regan’s new eight-part setting of the Nunc Dimittis has been composed as a counterpart to Stanford’s Magnificat for double choir of 1918. Commissioned by the Southern Cathedrals Festival, it will be premiered by the choirs of Winchester, Chichester and Salisbury Cathedrals conducted by Andrew Lumsden at Winchester Cathedral on July 19.

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