The Choir of St James’ with cellist Rowena Macneish and percussionists Joshua Hill and Tim Brigden present a program of music inspired by the Camino de Santiago.
Marking the Feast of St James, the concert traces the Camino de Santiago journey from France and Spain with music associated with pilgrimage and the search for spiritual nourishment.
A focus of the concert will be Gabriel Jackson’s work for choir, cello, and percussion, To the Field of Stars.
Gabriel Jackson (b. 1962) is one of Britain’s foremost and celebrated composers, particularly renowned for his choral works. To the Field of Stars is a 35-minute cantata using a variety of texts, including those from the 12th Century Codex Calixtinus, or Book of St James. Complementing excerpts from Jackson’s work will be music by Clemens non Papa, grand Spanish renaissance composers Victoria and Morales, and excerpts from the Codex Calixtinus and Codex Las Huelgas, the latter being a collection of music written from the 11th to the 14th centuries, and was quite possibly performed by the Las Huelgas nuns.
The Choir of St James’, directed by Warren Trevelyan-Jones, enjoys a reputation of being one the finest choirs in Australia. The Choir enjoys regular collaborations with groups such as The Tallis Scholars, The King’s Singers, The Gabrieli Consort, Opera Australia, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Haydn Ensemble, and soloists Yvonne Kenny, Greta Bradman and Teddy Tahu Rhodes.
The Choir has toured to Europe and South East Asia, and made its debut at City Recital Hall in April this year, performing J.S. Bach’s St John Passion with the Baroque ensemble, BachBand@St James’. In late April, the Choir travelled to Gallipoli to sing at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service as guests of the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Music at St James’ presents The Choir of St James’ performing music of spiritual journey from France and Space, Pilgrimage: To the Field of Stars, Saturday, 22 July, 5pm.
Full Price Tickets $50 (concessions apply). To book call (02) 8256 2222 or visit www.cityrecitalhall.com.
Content courtesy St James’ Church, King Street Sydney.