Choral Evensong - 16 November 2016

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

This week's webcast is of men's voices Choral Evensong, with music by Herbert Sumsion and Alex Woolf.

The anthem O vos omnes was written for the choir last academical year by Alex Woolf, a former music scholar of St. John's College, Cambridge. After graduating in the summer of 2016, Alex now studies Postgraduate Composition at the Royal Academy of Music. The text of the anthem is taken from a responsory for Holy Week and is often set as one of the Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday.

Herbert Sumsion (1899 - 1995) is most well-known for his role in running the Three Choirs Festival during his time as Organist of Gloucester Cathedral. He took up the post in 1928 a few months before the festival began, stepping in after the former Organist, John Brewer, died of a heart attack. Despite several composers being present to conduct their own works, most of the direction was the responsibility of the Organist. Even with his relatively late arrival, Sumsion's leadership of the 1928 festival was considered a great success, impressing both his colleagues, and the press.

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