Allegri Miserere by Candlelight
Lotti – Crucifixus
Tallis – Why fum’th in fight
Tallis – God grant we grace (‘Tallis Canon’)
Judith Bingham/ Tallis – The Spirit of truth/If ye love me
Allegri – Miserere
Rebecca Clarke – Ave Maria
Parsons – Ave Maria
Cecilia McDowall – Ave Maria
Parry – Never weather-beaten sail
Judith Bingham/Parry – Distant thunder/My soul, there is a country
Joanna Marsh – Thou hast searched me out and known me
Sally Beamish – Gaudent in coelis
Holst – Nunc dimittis
Choir of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge
Dr Edward Wickham Conductor
With musical activities ranging from intimate chamber/consort singing to large-scale choral consorts, from Anglican Evensong to Choral Compline, members of St Catharine’s College Choir have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of musical activities; and in its role as an ambassador for St Catharine’s outside the College walls, the Choir’s concerts and recordings, educational and community work, has earned it a reputation for innovation and excellence. The focus of the Choir’s activities is the Chapel, with one of the finest acoustics in Cambridge, and the regular weekly services of Evensong, Eucharist and Compline. At Sunday Evensong we sing the Anglican liturgy in its traditional form, while at Thursday night Compline we use Medieval Gregorian chant, choral and instrumental chamber music to create a more intimate atmosphere. The Choir also participates – on a rotational basis – in Sunday morning Eucharist and – on occasion – contributes to the Tuesday evening service of Luminaria, alongside the St Catharine’s Girls’ Choir.
The Choir gives regular concerts, often of major choral works such as the Monteverdi Vespers and Mozart’s Requiem, in collaboration with professional instrumentalists. The choir is also embarked on a series of recordings for the Resonus label, the first of which – Nova! Nova! – was released in November 2015.
Edward Wickham was appointed Director of Music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge in 2003 and later became Fellow and Director of Studies in Music. His duties at the College include direction of the two choirs, curating the Kellaway Concert series, and supporting a wide range of collegiate musical activities. In 2008 he formed the St Catharine’s Girls’ Choir, the first and only college-based choir for girls in the country. Under his direction, the choirs of St Catharine’s have made several recordings – latterly on the Resonus label – and toured as far afield as China and the United States. The choirs have gained a reputation for ambitious and innovative programming, which has included commissioning contemporary works and collaborations with musicians from non-Western traditions. The Girls’ Choir has given several live broadcasts on Radio 3 and 4 (In Tune, The Choir and Sunday Worship) and currently boasts as its Head Chorister the Radio 2 Chorister of the Year. The choir under Edward Wickham’s direction is particularly committed to promoting the work of female composers, and in 2015 took part in a special Radio 3 celebration of International Women’s Day, giving the premiere of a new work by Rhiannon Randle, with Sarah Connolly – a patron of the Girls’ Choir – as soloist.