Throughout May and June, we will be performing some wonderful Mass settings at the Cathedral. Today, (Thursday 1 May) at the Feast of St Philip and St James (1730), the choir will sing Byrd’s Mass for Five Voices, the finest of English Renaissance choral music. On Sunday 4 May (1030), the choir will sing the lyrical Mass setting in G by Franz Schubert. On Sunday 11 May (1030) you can hear the Missa Brevis by Zoltán Kodály, which in the Kyrie and Agnus Dei contains some moments of exquisite intimacy, in contrast to the majesty of the Gloria. On Sunday 22 June (1030) we sing the tour-de-force by Jean Langlais, the Messe Solennelle (Agnus Dei by Vierne) – not to be missed.
Fans of the Cathedral organ can hear a number of organ transcriptions during May and June. At the Eucharist on Sunday 11 May (1030), our organ scholar Edward Reeve will perform Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, transcribed by W J Westbrook. John Challenger will perform three transcriptions of music by Edward Elgar. On 4 May (1630) you can hear Elgar’s Imperial March, on 18 May (1630) the Prelude to The Kingdom, and on 8 June (1030) the Finale (Enigma Variations).
Kenneth Leighton’s two wonderful settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis can both be heard this term. On Tuesday 6 May (1730), the choir will sing Leighton’s Magdalen Service, and on Sunday 11 May (1630) the choir will sing Leighton’s Second Service – two works of huge complexity, fire and intensity.
See the latest music scheme here.