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O Adonai

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Magnificat Antiphon for 18 December

Jeffrey Skidmore, director of Ex Cathedra, planned to celebrate the millennium with a project of O Antiphons, commissioning a range of composers to provide specific music for the choir’s famous advent sequences at St Paul’s Church in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. I met Jeffrey at the church and he described to me how the choral sequences often begin by candlelight, with the choir at the back of this beautiful, Georgian church, sometimes even upstairs in the gallery, and how the event gradually transforms into light as the choir processes to the front. By the end of our meeting, the shape and sound world of this piece were clear in my mind, inspired by the building and his description. The sopranos improvise on a small fragment of the text led by a soloist, positioned in the upper gallery like angels, imitating each other almost like birdsong. The rest of the choir is placed downstairs, behind the congregation if possible, representing the people, anxious in their supplication. They have more of the text but not all of it. Only the celebrant, a solo voice, has the full text, and this is sung right out in plain view of everyone.

from notes by Roderick Williams © 2017


Williams (R): Sacred choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD517Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 11 on SIGCD517 [8'24] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD517 track 11

Recording date
24 April 2017
Recording venue
The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. Williams (R): Sacred choral works (SIGCD517)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: December 2017
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