Ex Cathedra Consort

Thu 18 July 2019

Summer Music by Candlelight

This event is sold out.

Jeffrey Skidmore, conductor

Following their sold-out concert in 2018, we are delighted to welcome back Ex Cathedra with a programme of joyous music for a magical midsummer evening, performed by the glow of candles at dusk. This atmospheric sequence of words and music is inspired by four centuries of seasonal music – hidden gems, stunning new music and some well-known favourites – a concert that will send you home singing of summertime…

spine-tinglingly lovely … a breathtaking feat of pure ensemble singing’ – Birmingham Post


Jeffrey Skidmore, conductor

Sopranos: Elizabeth Adams, Louise Prickett, Katie Trethewey, Suzzie Vango

Altos: Harriet Hougham Slade, Martha McLorinan

Tenors: Paul Bentley-Angell, James Robinson

Basses: Simon Gallear, Lawrence White


Benjamin Rogers (1614-1698): Hymnus Eucharisticus (Tower Hymn)

6th century plainchant: Iam lucis orto sidere

James MacMillan (b 1959): O Radiant Dawn (2008)

Stevie Wishart (b 1969): Voicing the Dawn (2019), world première

13th century English song: Sumer is icumen in

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), arr. Jeffrey Skidmore: Cuckoo! (1936)

Reading: Charlotte Mew (1869-1928): In the fields

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): Six chansons: La biche, Un cygne, Puisque tout passe, Printemps, En hiver, Verger

Reading: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1845): Powers of Good (Von guten Mächten)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Three Shakespeare Songs (1951):

  1. Full fathom five
  2. The cloud clapp’d towers
  3. Over hill over dale

Reading: William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day?

John Joubert (1927-2019): Three Portraits (1983)

  1. To Mistress Isabell Pennell
  2. To Mistress Margery Wentworth
  3. To Mistress Margaret Hussey

Reading: Billy Collins (b 1941): Another reason I don’t keep a gun in the house

arr. Jeffrey Skidmore: Mostly Mozart!

Reading: Amy Lowell (1874-1925): Summer

George Gershwin (1898-1937), arr. Jeffrey Skidmore: Summertime (1934)

Bruce Welch (b 1941) & Brian Bennett (b 1940), arr. Jeffrey Skidmore: Summer Holiday (1963)

Charles Trenet (1913-2001), arr. Jeffrey Skidmore: La mer (1943)

Geoff Haynes: anyone lived in pretty how town (2018)

Liz Johnson (b 1964): For Hester (1990)

Reading: Vikram Seth (b 1952): Summer Requiem (The evening sun retreats along the lawn) (2015)

Eric Whitacre (b 1970): Sleep (2002)

7th century plainchant: Te lucis ante terminum

Alec Roth (b 1948): Night Prayer (2016)