TALLIS – Spem in alium nunquam habui (40-part motet)
J S BACH – Magnificat in D (with four Christmas interpolations)
MÄNTYJÄRVI – Tentatio (2006 Tallis Festival commission)
WHITACRE – Alleluia (2012)
Exmoor Singers is pleased to announce that the next Tallis Festival, conducted by James Jarvis, will take place on 7-9 February 2014. The Tallis Festival Choir 2014 will form on the Friday evening, rehearse intensively over the weekend and give a high-standard public concert on the Sunday evening.
As usual we shall base ourselves at Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7 for the optional Friday evening session and the Saturday rehearsals and party but, following the success of last year’s Festival, we shall be returning to St Andrew’s, Holborn Circus for the whole of the Sunday so there will be no lunchtime relocation.
PLEASE PUT THESE DATES INTO YOUR DIARY NOW! Price and discount details will follow shortly and applications will open on Monday 9 December 2013. Watch this space.
For Christmas 2013, Exmoor Singers, conducted by James Jarvis, presents a complete performance of Handel’s great oratorio Messiah, in the spirit of performances during the composer’s lifetime: using a small, flexible choir, a period instrumental ensemble and soloists drawn from the choir.
Tickets £18 (£15 Friends of Exmoor Singers, £9 students). Available on the door, in advance from choir members, or from: firstname.lastname@example.org; 07729 807122; Exmoor Singers, 52 Church Lane, Merton Park, London SW19 3HQ (cheques to ‘Exmoor Singers’; please send SAE).
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Why these bitter words of the dying,
O brethren, which they utter as they go hence?
I am parted from my brethren.
All my friends do I abandon and go hence.
But whither I go, that understand I not, neither
what shall become of me yonder; only God,
who hath summoned me knoweth.
But make commemoration of me with the song: Alleluia.
But whither now go the souls?
How dwell they now together there?
This mystery have I desired to learn,
but none can impart aright.
Do they call to mind their own people, as we do them?
Or have they forgotten all those who mourn them
and make the song: Alleluia.
We go forth on the path eternal, and as condemned,
with downcast faces,
present ourselves before the only God eternal.
Where then is comeliness?
Where then is wealth?
Where then is the glory of this world?
There shall none of these things aid us,
but only to say oft the psalm: Alleluia.
If thou hast shown mercy unto man,
O man, that same mercy shall be shown thee there;
and if on an orphan thou hast shown compassion,
the same shall there deliver thee from want.
If in this life the naked thou hast clothed,
the same shall give thee shelter there, and sing the psalm:
Youth and the beauty of the body fade
at the hour of death,
and the tongue then burneth fiercely,
and the parched throat is inflamed.
The beauty of the eyes is quenched then,
the comeliness of the face all altered,
the shapeliness of the neck destroyed;
and the other parts have become numb,
nor often say: Alleluia.
With ecstasy we are inflamed
if we but hear that there is light eternal yonder;
that there is Paradise,
wherein every soul of Righteous Ones rejoiceth.
Let us all, also, enter into Christ, that all we may cry
aloud thus unto God: Alleluia.
Exmoor Singers invites you to a very special Christmas celebration. This year we present a complete and unabridged performance of Handel’s greatest oratorio, Messiah, with period instrument ensemble and with all solos taken by members of the choir. Join us for an exciting, fresh look at an old favourite.
Full details and advance tickets will be available from November. To receive further information contact us or follow us on Twitter at @exmoorsingers