Moving Music for Easter at the Cathedral on Wednesday 23 March at 19:30. The Holy Week Choral Foundation Concert features Domenico Scarlatti’s 'Stabat Mater' and James MacMillan’s 'Seven Last Words from the Cross'.
'Stabat Mater' is probably the best known example of Scarlatti’s church music. It is divided into four sections with the music varying form from simple recitatives to more developed operatic arias.
Macmillan’s 'Seven Last Words from the Cross' was commissioned by BBC Television and first screened in seven nightly episodes during Holy Week 1994. Described recently as ‘one of the great works of the 20th century’, it is written for both chorus and orchestra, using Christ’s seven last utterances recorded in various Gospels – words such as, “I thirst” and the moving declaration “Eli, eli, lama sabachthani” (My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me).
Salisbury Cathedral Choir is accompanied by La Folia (leader, Daphne Moody) with David Halls, Salisbury Cathedral’s Director of Music, conducting.
Tickets: £10-£15 available from Salisbury Playhouse or telephone 01722 320333 - also available on the door. Proceeds go towards the Choral Foundation, which helps to maintain the tradition of musical excellence at the Cathedral.
Doors open: 19:00
Donenico Scarlatti - Stabat Mater: 35 minutes
Interval: 20 minutes
James MacMillan - Seven Last Words from the Cross: 50 minutes
Finish approximately: 21:30