Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal – Edinburgh
Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal
Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
St Stephen's Church | Edinburgh
St Stephen's Church
Saxe Coburg Street
Edinburgh EH3 5BN
J S Bach Lobet den Herrn
Paul Mealor Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
James MacMillan Deus noster refugium
Sergei Rachmaninov Vespers
Francis Poulenc Litanies à la Vierge Noire
Benjamin Britten Ballad of Little Musgrave
Michael Bawtree conductor
Morley Whitehead organist
Edinburgh Royal Choral Union
Join the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union for a varied and light summer programme of works spanning the centuries, from J S Bach’s motet Lobet den Herrn to Paul Mealor’s four madrigals on rose texts, Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, the premiere of which was conducted by Michael Bawtree in 2010.
Further highlights include the Scottish premiere of James MacMillan’s Deus noster refugium, commissioned in 2013 by Leeds Festival Chorus, and a selection of Sergei Rachmaninov’s Vespers, a supreme example of choral writing in the Russian Orthodox tradition. Completing the programme are a work for women’s chorus, Francis Poulenc’s Litanies à la Vierge Noire, completed in 1936 within a week of the composer’s pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Rocamadour; and, for men’s chorus, Benjamin Britten’s Ballad of Little Musgrave, a dramatic composition written in the middle of World War 2.
£12 | £5 Students
Tickets available at the door or from choir members.