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.
(June 2016) We have just returned from an inspirational weekend in Glasgow which included a workshop with our new Patron, Sir James MacMillan (photos: Rosie Edge).
We are pleased to announce the short-listed semi-finalists in our Psalm-setting Composition Prize, for which we received more than a hundred entries:
- Andrew Hind – Psalm 53
- Bernard Hughes – Psalm 56
- Chris O’Hara – Be Merciful Unto Me, O God
- David Gorton – In God I Trust
- David Lancaster – Be Merciful
- Dylan Tran – Psalm 56
- Francisco Chaves – Miserere mei, Deus
- Kit Mills – Psalm 53
- Kyle Pederson – Psalm 56
- Paul Ayres – Miserere mei, Deus
- Paul Doust – Unto Me
- Stuart Beatch – Psalm 53
We thank everybody who submitted a composition, and are sorry to have to disappoint so many of you. Congratulations to the twelve composers who have reached the semi-final.
The next stage is for these twelve works to be considered by Sir James MacMillan and Roderick Williams. A short list of no more than three will be selected. The wining entries will be announced at the beginning of August, and performed by The Elysian Singers at St James Piccadilly in London on October 15th.
What’s the common link? We gave the world premieres of all three works!