Lux: songs of light for midwinter

St Paul’s Cathedral, 7:30 pm Saturday 1 July
$20 waged, $15 unwaged, children free

Southern Consort of Voices will present a charming concert of choral pieces based on the theme of light. Aptly timed near the winter solstice, the pieces all contain text which describes or alludes to the inspiration of light.

Several of the pieces are motets and range from a stunning double-choir piece from the Rennaissance by Palestrina, O Surge Illuminare Jerusalem, through to beautiful modern works by leading contemporary composers such as MacMillan, Gjeilo, Lauredsen, Whitacre and Ešenvalds. (Ešenvalds is the guest composer at the upcoming Choral Connect event in Auckland).

Our programme also features two New Zealand works, namely Lux Aeterna, a ground-breaking piece by David Hamilton, and the wonderfully crafted O Nata Lux by David Childs.

In the middle of the programme, we showcase saxophonist Elliot Tay and cellist Nisa Jaafar, who will each play solo lines against the choir accompaniment in two pieces: the mesmerising O Nata Lux by Tallis and the moving Gabriel’s Oboe by Morricone (from the film The Mission).

A couple of highlights include Elgar’s haunting Nimrod theme, entitled Lux Aeterna and arranged for 8 voices, and Ešenvald’s Stars which features the eerie sound of wine glasses to convey a sense of celestial light.

Come and join us for an evening of light and music in the midst of winter.

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