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Diary

Palm Sunday - March 24th

 

10.30 at St Stephen’s Rochester Row

Procession to St Matthew’s

Darke in E, Hosanna to the son of David (Gibbons), O vos omnes (Casals)

 

Fig Monday - March 25th

12.30 Low Mass

18.30 Compline

Temple Tuesday - March 26th

12.30 Low Mass

18.30 Compline

Spy Wednesday - March 27th

18.30 Stabat Mater

Nils Greenhow

Sopranos from St Matthew’s Choir, Hammig String Quartet

Maundy Thursday - March 28th

18.30 Solemn Mass of The Last Supper

followed by Vigil until Midnight

Darke in F, Christus Factus est (Anerio), Sacerdotes Domini (Byrd)

Good Friday - March 29th

10.00 Morning Prayer

14.00 Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

Reproaches (Victoria), Hail true body (Plainsong)

Holy Saturday - March 30th

10.00 Morning Prayer

20.00 Vigil & First Mass of Easter

Harris in F, The strife is o’er (Ley)

Easter Sunday - March 31st

11.00 Solemn Mass of the Resurrection

With orchestra

Schubert in G, Sing choirs of heaven (Shephard),

Ye choirs of new Jerusalem (Stanford)

Stabat Mater - Nils Greenhow

Spy Wednesday - 27 March, 18.30

 

Do join us for the world premier of a new choral work by the young English composer Nils Greenhow. Stabat Mater is scored for three-part upper voices accompanied by string quartet.

 

Speaking of his work, Nils said: 
 

"When I began to compose this Stabat Mater, I quickly began to realise that I was undertaking one of the most difficult compositional challenges of my career so far. The sheer heaviness and emotional power of the text demanded space and reflection, and thus this 22-minute work has taken well over a year to complete.

The combination of upper voices and string quartet leads to some interesting harmonic textures, and I have particularly enjoyed using the choir as an accompaniment for solo instrument passages, as well as vice versa. There are several passages of intense power and emotion, juxtaposed with sections of fragile and delicate string harmonics.

I am extremely grateful to St Matthew’s, Westminster for this commission and am very much looking forward to its premiere, and also returning to the building in which I used to sing regularly when living in London."

 

It will be sung by the choir of St Matthew’s with the Hammig String Quartet as part of our Holy Week programme.

We hope you will join us for this unique and exciting occasion.

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