Friday, 25 November 2011

Antiphon at Buckfast Abbey on Saturday 3 December - a new and exciting choir in Devon

New South West-based choir announces concert date and venue

First concert to be ‘A Concert for Advent’ on the 3rd December
at beautiful Buckfast Abbey

Brand new choir, Antiphon, has announced its first concert date and venue. ‘A Concert for Advent’ will be held at Buckfast Abbey on Saturday December the 3rd at 7.30pm and will feature works from Lauridsen, Tallis, Whitacre, Warlock and Gabriel Jackson among others.

Conductor, Matthew Cann, said: “I am really excited about this new venture! Antiphon was set up by myself, David Acres and Michael Vian Clark, because we felt that there was an opening for a smaller, professional ensemble drawn from across the whole of the UK. We wanted to perform some music which you don’t often hear, and give a fresh interpretation to some that you do.”

He continued: “We are thrilled to be able to call the beautiful surroundings of Buckfast Abbey our home, and feel that this inspirational place is perfect to perform these wonderful pieces.”

Tickets are available for ‘A Concert for Advent’ at £14 in advance or £16 on the door. For further information, please email

telephone: 07961 320663

Full details of the concert at Buckfast Abbey on Saturday 3 December:


Plainsong: 'Rorate Coeli'
William Byrd: 'Rorate Coeli'
1. Advent antiphon - 'O Sapienti'
Gabriel Jackson: 'I look from afar'
Neil Cox: 'O Maria Vernans Rosa'
(Neil Cox is Musical Director at Lancing College in Sussex)
2. Advent antiphon - 'O Adoni'
Francis Poulenc: 'Salve Regine'
Thomas Tallis: 'Videte Miraculum'
3. Advent antiphon - 'O Radix Jesse'
Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
4. Advent antiphon - 'O Clavis David'


5. Advent antiphon - 'O Oriens'
Henrik Gorecki: 'Totas Tuas'
6. Advent antiphon - 'O Rex Gentium'
Robert Parsons: 'Ave Maria'
Eric Whitacre: 'Lux Aurumque'
7. Advent antiphon - 'O Emmanuel'
Kenneth Leighton: 'Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child'
8. Advent antiphon - 'O Virgo Virginem'
Gabriel Jackson: 'Tomorrow go ye forth'
Peter Warlock: 'Benedicamus Domino' (1918)
("Glory, praise, God is made both man and immortal")
Thomas Tallis: 'Te Lucis Ante Terminum'

What a fabulous programme of choral music - an exciting and memorable evening!!

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