Contemporary music by some outstanding living composers
Singing day with Ralph Allwood
Sure on this Shining Night
Lauridsen’s lyrical setting, with its long melodic phrases, conveys the feelings of wonder and peace in James Agee’s mysterious star-lit poem.
The composer chose this dreamy piece for his first “Virtual Choir” compiled from thousands of YouTube submissions from singers around the world.
A Spotless Rose
You may recognise this text as a Christmas carol, derived from an old German hymn. Listen for the deep bass notes in Mealor’s setting.
O Radiant Dawn
Macmillan’s setting is a formal yet heartfelt salutation to the rising sun. The text is one of seven ancient celebratory chants, sung or recited at midwinter.
“Where there is kindness.” Sung at the royal wedding in 2011, this exquisite motet features a progression of rich chords and dissonances.