A little less that a year ago I wrote about the release of Veni Emmanuel: Music for Advent in time for the coming Christmas season. This album covered a wide span of music history, ranging from plainchant antiphons up to a setting of an antiphon text by the British composer Roderick Williams in 1997. The performers were the Choir of Clare College, one of the colleges in the Cambridge University system, led by their Director, Graham Ross. The following December they visited the United States on a one-week tour.
This past March they released a second album, Stabat Mater dolorosa: Music for Passiontide. This focused on another major event in the Christian calendar, again taking the perspective of a broad view of music history. Their next release will be due in October (but currently available for pre-order from Amazon.com), returning to the theme of the Christmas season, Lux de caelo: Music for Christmas. Prior to that release they will return to the United States for another one-week tour with the following dates and venues:
- September 22: Atlanta, Georgia, All Saints Episcopal Church
- September 23: Collegedale, Tennessee, Seventh Day Adventist Church
- September 24: Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University
- September 25: Memphis, Tennessee, Second Presbyterian Church
- September 26: Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College
- September 27: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, First Presbyterian Church
- September 28: Plano, Texas, St. Andrew United Methodist Church
In addition the choir will return to the United States to make their debut at the Library of Congress on December 6. This will be to participate in a centennial celebration of the birth of the American composer Irving Fine, whose birthday is December 3. Fine will be honored with performances of his own music and that of other composers with whom he was associated. The choir will perform “The Hour-Glass” and the first set of three choruses he composed on texts from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. They will also present Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and, because of the season, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols.