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Aldeburgh Voices

Saturday 31 Mar 2018 3pm

Part of Spring 2018

Aldeburgh Voices
National Youth Chamber Choir
The Suffolk Ensemble

Ben Parry conductor

Mozart Adagio and Fugue, K546 6’
Arvo Pärt I am the vine 8’
James MacMillan Seven Last Words from the Cross 45’

James MacMillan’s choral masterpiece is a compelling and original reflection on the crucifixion. With its searingly direct music, from whispered chant to shattering choral and orchestral outbursts, and references to plainchant, chorales and traditional Scottish laments, it bursts the formal restraints of liturgical ceremony in a universal drama of mystery and communal grief. Its preceded by Mozart’s solemnity and vigour, and Arvo Pärt’s exquisite and gentle affirmation of faith.