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Jason Rebello and Opus Anglicanum: Adorna

Thursday 03 February 2022

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Programme

A seamless spiritual blend of plainchant and jazz piano. In an exciting new collaboration, Opus Anglicanum join with celebrated jazz pianist and improviser Jason Rebello to cast a new light on the ancient Gregorian chants for Candlemas. Ethereal plainchant meets with unique piano interpretations, creating a startlingly beautiful and contemplative ambience, speaking directly to our troubled times.

Please note that this performance will last approximately 75 minutes without interval.

Performers

Opus Anglicanum
Jason Rebello Piano

Jason Rebello is one the UKs celebrated jazz pianists.  In a career spanning over 30 years, he has won most of the major jazz music awards and has collaborated with a plethora of musical luminaries, including Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins Jacob Collier and the Halle Orchestra among many others.  Classically trained but inspired by Herbie Hancock, he came to the attention of one of the founders of jazz fusion, Weather Report’s saxophonist Wayne Shorter.  Impressed by his musical fluency and style, Shorter produced his No 1 debut album A Clearer View in October 1990.

Jason was invited to be the keyboardist for both Sting’s and Jeff Beck’s bands in the 1990s and 2000s, during which time he won two Grammy awards and was nominated for many more.  More recently, his 2016 album Held won best new recording at the British Jazz awards.  Recent appearances have taken him to Norway and Ireland as well as across the UK.

Hailed as “true class” by The Guardian and “assured and polished” by Classical Music magazine, male vocal quintet Opus Anglicanum has gained a reputation for unique programmes of music and narration, provided by BBC Radio’s Zeb Soanes.  Their daring and sensitive programmes are truly varied, from light-hearted festive offerings to sequences on the First World War, as well as programmes celebrating the themes of Light and folk music.  The group’s repertoire ranges from European polyphony and Gregorian chant through to folk + traditional music and everything in between.  Their recent disc of Mediaeval Carols was described as “truly immersive – one to listen to again and again” by Robert Hugill.  They have a particular interest in contemporary music, having commissioned and premiered pieces from the likes of Judith Bingham, Sally Beamish, Howard Skempton and Chery Frances Hoad, amongst others.

Opus Anglicanum’s recent appearances have included concerts at the Thaxted Festival, Wells Cathedral (where they perform an annual sell-out concert of Mediaeval Carols), Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton, Kings Place, London, The Three Choirs Festival, The Two Moors Festival and the Chipping Campden Music Festival, as well as on BBC Radio 3.  Future performances include the Dorchester Arts Festival, St James’ Church Chipping Campden and a return to Wells Cathedral with celebrated jazz pianist Jason Rebello, with whom the group have collaborated to develop an exciting new improvisation project, with a disc planned for release in early 2022 on the Ulysees Arts label.

Dates, Times & Book

Thu 03 Feb 7:00 PM £25/£15/£10 Book

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