Friday, 20 November 2015

Antiphon Choir Concert in Aid of Dart Sailability Stoke Gabriel Saturday 14 November 2015

featuring (L-R): Josie Walledge, Jason Bomford,
Elle Williams, Jonathan Harris, Mary O'Shea
- and in the back row, far right, the return of
Formula Ford racing supremo Richard Mitchell

Musical Director:
Matthew Cann
Matthew Cann's "Antiphon" Choir have just produced their inaugural CD of Choral Music, "O My People"  which is already available if you know where to find a copy. The formal launch of the CD will be at a lunchtime concert in Exeter Cathedral at 1pm on Saturday 30 January.

The tracks are all perfect examples of the spectacular polyphonic singing of the choir, recorded in the Lady Chapel at Exeter Cathedral in August this year.

The collection includes eight world première recordings of new compositions by contemporary composers.

A sample of the music included can be heard on Phonic FM this afternoon, as part of the "Classical Journey" programme.

The full track listing is:

Francis Grier: "The Lord Goes Up"

Eric Whitacre: "A Boy and a Girl"

Matthew Cann: "In Manus Tuas" (première)

Sir Edward Elgar: "Lux Aeterna" (arr. John Cameron

John Sanders: "The Reproaches"

Graham Keitch: "O Nata Lux" (première)

Matthew Cann: "Fauxbourdon Magnificat" (première)

Matthew Cann: "Fauxbourdon Nunc Dimittis" (première)

Graham Keitch: "O Sacrum Convivium" (première)

Paul Carey: "Fishing in the Keep of Silence" (première)

Erik Meyer: arrangement of " I want Jesus to Walk with Me" (première)

Eric William Barnum: "Flowers for the Altar" (première)

Edgar Day: "When I survey the Wondrous Cross"

On Saturday 14 November (which was a filthy night) the choir were at the remote church of St Mary & St Gabriel in Stoke Gabriel in the South Hams. Despite the hardships, the whole choir, and a capacity audience were there to hear a selection of fabulous music by the choir.

Old favourites like "Zadok the Priest" rang out in the darkness around the small parish church. Accompanying the music was Exeter Cathedral organist David Davies, who also joined in the singing as a bass for the a cappella pieces.

The range of music was astounding, including two sensational organ solo pieces performed by David Davies. The skill he displayed on the church's unfamiliar organ greatly impressed the locals.

After two hours of sublime choral music of all kinds. The choir ended with two light-hearted songs as an encore - the King's Singers 1972 hit "Dayton Ohio - 1903", and an incredible vocal arrangement of Scott Joplin's piano ragtime classic "The Entertainer". Slick and spectacular - an evening to remember.

Much applause for Matthew Cann
and the Antiphon Choir
at Stoke Gabriel Church

Work Experience in India
The music continues at Stoke Gabriel Church on Sunday 29 November.

At 4pm there will be an afternoon concert of harp music by local young musician, Matilda, with 'cello, voice and piano playing by fellow musician, Tabitha.

Tickets are available at the door in return for a donation towards a collection for a new harp for Matilda, and funding for Tabitha's forthcoming work experience in India.

Very best wishes to them both.

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