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    Saturday 1 April 2017 at 7.30pm
    St Peter’s Parish Church, Budleigh Salterton

    Pizzetti: Messa di Requiem
    MacMillan: Choral Sequence for Passiontide (edited by Nigel Perrin from the St John Passion)

    “I have a love of liturgical music and, specifically, of the cool purity of chant”: MacMillan’s own comment on his inspiration.

    Pizzetti’s Messa di Requiem is the composer’s only venture into liturgical music. This work reaches heights of supreme beauty and displays utter confidence.

    MacMillan’s St John Passion is an epic work of sometimes quite astonishing contrasts: beauty and brutality, harmony and discord, simplicity and ornate complexity. It captures in musical terms the full gamut of human experience. Nigel Perrin has edited the choral interludes which intersperse the narrative of the Passion story, into a Choral Sequence for Passiontide. Sung in Latin, these 'motets' make powerful comments on the main narrative of the gospel story according to St John. We performed the full St John Passion in 2013, when we were joined by Bath Bach Choir in Bath Abbey and Exeter Cathedral. Here are extracts from what our two reviewers wrote:

    "Perrin’s interpretation transformed it from a modern oratorio into a work of art, an act of religion; there was an intense conviction, from all, that heralded Easter. The chorus dealt admirably with the wide dynamic ranges, the intricate and complex rhythms ... Intonation was impressive ... and their affirmative cry of Tu es Petrus ... was one of many dramatic highlights ... a tapestry of choral brilliance. Truly, awesome."

    Click to see Nigel talking about the MacMillan St John Passion during our joint rehearsals.

    Tickets £16 (unreserved)

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