Evensong with Joanna Ward's 'The Banquet'

Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 6:30pm
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Joanna Ward

Joanna Ward

Men's Voices Evensong with Joanna Ward's 'The Banquet,' the first of our new commissions this term.

Joanna is a 19-year-old composer from Newcastle upon Tyne, currently reading music at Jesus College, Cambridge. Her works have been commissioned and workshoped by organisations including the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the St Andrews Voices Festival, the Gesualdo Six and the Cambridge Music Festival. She is currently part of the prestigous Sound and Music Scheme 'Next Wave' and the Helios Collective's 'Formations 2017,' a platform for the creation and production of new opera.

Joanna's thoughts on the work: "The brevity and simplicity of the text I chose to set, a fragment from the Song of Solomon, allowed a static, minimal framework to be built, to which I then added textural and tonal detail to give the work its trajectory and coherence. The inclusion of the double bass complements the richness of the men's voice ensemble, whilst adding timbral and textural complexity."

The music for Evensong is as follows:

Responses and Preces: Rose
Psalm: 119 vv. 137-144 (tone i)
Canticles: Second Service (Moore)
Joanna Ward: The Banquet

This work has been composed for the College Choir, with funding from Paul and Joanna Lindsell and Jeremy and Jodie Podger, and receives its first performance this evening. The music is scored for Choir and Double Bass.

Location

St John's College Chapel
St John's Street
Cambridge
CB2 1TP
United Kingdom

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Joanna Ward

On Thursday 26 October, the Choir performed the first commission of the term: 'The Banquet' by undergraduate Joanna Ward. The piece featured men's voices and a double bass, played by Joe Cowie, and it was funded with generous support from Paul & Joanna Lindsell and Jeremy & Jodie Podger.

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