A murderer’s music, a knight’s composition, songs from the Cathedral’s recent successful musical, Magna Cantata, and some of the most talented young musicians in the country all feature in the Southern Cathedrals Festival’s this coming weekend.
Youth and Music, a celebration of young people’s music, features three concerts across the festival period (17 – 18 July) starting with a performance of Carlo Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday and Miserere mei, Deus by the Mousai Singers, an ensemble of former choristers and music students, conducted by Daniel Cook, sub-organist at Westminster Abbey.
The composer-prince Gesualdo, better known for the double murder of his wife and her lover, wrote music that is both dark and powerful, as well as being remarkably ‘modern’, and which inspired the composer Igor Stravinsky. Gesualdo became a recluse after the murders, withdrawing from the world to focus on his music, possibly as an act of atonement. He was never tried for his crimes.
Also part of the programme will be Sir James Macmillan’s Tenebrae Responsories. Sir James, one of Britain’s finest choral composers, received a knighthood for services to music in the recent Queens Birthday Honours.
The Mousai Singers are performing at 11.30 on Friday 17 July in St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury. Tickets £12 (unreserved)
The second Youth In Music concert features a rising star in the youth music world - 15 year old Anita Monserrat, a former Dean’s Chorister at Salisbury Cathedral. Anita studies the violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and well as voice and piano. She plays regularly in venues as varied as St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square, Milton Court (Barbican) and the Wiltshire Music Centre and will be performing with the National Youth Orchestra at the BBC Proms.
Anita will perform Robert Schumann’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor Op. 121 and Mazurka in G major Op. 26 by Aleksander Zarzycki accompanied by Ian Wicks, Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral School. The concert will take place at 18.00 on Friday 17 July in the Cathedral School. Tickets £10 (unreserved).
Finally, a reprise of excerpts from the Cathedral’s successful Magna Cantata will be performed at 16.00 on Saturday 18 July at St Thomas’s Church by Salisbury Cathedral Junior Choir and other young voices. Full of fun, passion and rebellion, it’s an opportunity for the youngsters to let rip and really enjoy the sound of their own voices! Tickets £12 (unreserved).
Stills of the Mousai Singers, Anita Monserrat and Salisbury Cathedral Junior Choir are attached.
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