Upon graduating from Cape Town, the academic went to Oxford where his doctoral supervisor and composer Edmund Rubbra
inspired him to pursue a life-long interest in Janacek's music.
The programme for the Christmas concert will include music by the Austrian composer Franz Schubert, the American songwriter Paul Simon and well known figures in the world of choral music: Hugo Cole, Louis Halsey, Kenneth Leighton, Edmund Rubbra
, and John Joubert.
At the 4pm service of Choral Evensong the canticles will be sung to the setting by Rubbra
in Ab and the anthem will be And I saw a new heaven by Bainton.
O Gladsome Light is a collection of sacred songs, hymns and meditations by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst and his pupil Edmund Rubbra
. They are performed by various permutations of Lawrence Wiliford, tenor; Stephen Philcox, piano and, Marie Berard and Keith Hamm, respectively Concertmaster and Principal Violist of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra.
's Two Sonnets by 16th century poet William Alabaster transformed apparently unpromising knotty religious poems into heightened recitative with Tudor inflexions of harmony and a restless viola obbligato, building in both songs to a moving conclusion of quiet intensity.
Even Lambert's most pugnacious champions cannot legitimately rank him alongside Elgar, Delius, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Arnold Bax, Edmund Rubbra
, and Walton himself.
In assessing Edmund Rubbra
's Sinfonia Sacra for chorus and orchestra, Town traces the sometimes thorny arguments about its genre status and looks to antecedents for Rubbra
's particular fusion of symphonic and choral styles, finding them in works by Mendelssohn, Parry, and--most closely--the passions of J.
John Rose is a British composer born in London and educated in Cape Town, London, and Oxford, where he studied with Edmund Rubbra
. Trained as an organist, he founded the St.
The varied programme will include works from across the ages by composers ranging from Monteverdi, Tavener and Bach to Rubbra
, Stanford and Swayne.
's The Virgin's Cradle Hymn proved to be sublimely beautiful and although Joseph Cullen was self-deprecating about his own In Excelsis Gloria, its challenging rhythms were most exciting.
During the early years of the twentieth century the number of composers who took an interest in English traditional song increased, as men such as Frederick Delius, George Butterworth, Ernest Moeran, Edmund Rubbra
, Gerald Finzi, and Percy Grainger all discovered it for themselves and found ways to use it in their music.
Naxos continue to do us well with British music, with Martin Roscoe joining the Maggini Quartet for the Piano Trio of Edmund Rubbra
. His String Quartet No 2 is also here with Amoretti for voice and quartet with Charles Daniels.