The choir celebrates its thirtieth birthday this year. We shall be marking the anniversary by singing settings of all 150 Psalms (though not every verse of every Psalm!). The Psalms are the most comprehensive source of sung poetry in existence, a resource that has been drawn on by countless composers. From America to Estonia; in languages from Hebrew through Hungarian to Finnish; by composers from Monteverdi to MacMillan; and from unaccompanied miniatures to symphonic masterworks: here is music to uplift, challenge, inspire and celebrate! Download a brochure giving full details here.
(October 2016) Many congratulations to Bernard Hughes, whose setting of Psalm 56 has won our Composition Prize. Chris O’Hara (proxime accessit) and Stuart Beatch, who won the prize for a work written by a composer aged thirty or under, also deserve special mention.
Our final Psalmfest concert, which takes place on January 28th at St John’s Smith Square, promises to be a spectacular affair. Swelled by a large number of returning former singers, a choir of over eighty, backed by a full orchestra will perform Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and rousing works by Elgar, Bruckner, Holst, Vaughan-Williams and Judith Weir.
What’s the common link? We gave the world premieres of all three works!