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Autumn Concert

The Long Day Closes

Music for an autumn evening

Saturday 26 October 2019
Prior Park Chapel

Josef Rheinberger – Mass for double choir op 109

and music by Tallis, Sheppard, Gibbons, de Morales, Pearsall, Sullivan, Barber, Rachmaninov, Elgar, Whitbourn, Burgon, Gjeilo

“The most beautiful, pure vocal music of the 19th century”
– Otto Ursprung, musicologist

Josef Rheinberger’s double-choir a cappella Cantus Missae (1878), around which our autumn programme is shaped, was composed 15 years after Prior Park Chapel was built. In harking back to late-Renaissance splendour – the mass with its joyful, lyrical antiphony, the chapel with an acoustic that resonates through its soaring arches – they belong to each other perfectly. The mass is one of conductor Nigel Perrin’s favourite works, although it is not Rheinberger’s best known: that honour falls to Abendlied (Evening Song) which forms the theme for the rest of this evening’s collage of beautiful choral music.

Inspired by the going down of the day – both literal and metaphorical – the programme moves from a Renaissance compline to Sullivan’s emotive The Long Day Closes, via Gibbons, Pearsall, Rachmaninov and contemporary favourite Ola Gjeilo. Adding a layer of improvisation over several of the songs, saxophonist Katie Bunney (Bath Young Musician 2018) will complete our ethereal sound-world.

Katie Bunney saxophone
Marcus Sealy keyboard
Nigel Perrin conductor

£22 nave  |  £18 side aisles unreserved
Concessions for children under 18 & students

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Prior Park Chapel, Prior Park College, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath BA2 5AH


Te Lucis ante Terminum – Thomas Tallis
In Manus Tuas
– John Sheppard
& Gloria from Cantus Missae – Josef Rheinberger
Living Voices
– James Whitbourn
from Cantus Missae – Josef Rheinberger
Parce Mihi Domine
– Cristóbal de Morales
Sanctus, Benedictus
& Agnus Dei from Cantus Missae – Josef Rheinberger


Nunc Dimittis
– Geoffrey Burgon
Nïne otpushchayeshi
from All Night Vigil – Sergei Rachmaninov
Saxophone solo played by Katie Bunney
– Josef Rheinberger
The Silver Swan
– Orlando Gibbons
Lay a Garland
– Robert Pearsall
The Long Day Closes
– Arthur Sullivan
Sure On This Shining Night
– Samuel Barber
Lux Aeterna (Nimrod)
– Edward Elgar
Evening Prayer
– Ola Gjeilo

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