Resonus Classics have released a new album of music for Advent, centred around the première of Christopher Fox’s O Antiphons, seven anthems setting a combination of Latin and early English texts.
The O Antiphons began with a commission in 2004 from Winchester College in 2004, for whom Fox wrote the fourth in the sequence, ‘O David’. As the composer tells us;
When Edward Wickham became the director of the St Catharine’s College choirs he asked me to write a piece (A Dream of Winter) for the Girls Choir and that inspired me to write the other anthems in the O Antiphon sequence over a period of a little over two years, from 2015 to 2018. I had the marvellous experience of being able to hear the cycle, and the choir’s performance of it, evolve over two successive Advent services as the choir added the latest anthems to their repertoire. Miraculously we managed to record the complete sequence just before the start of the March 2020 lockdown.
The CD also includes works by Diana Burrell and Jeremy Thurlow and is available on CD and digital download.
We are also delighted with the news of two concerts by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group featuring Christopher Fox’s This is the wind. The concerts will happen on Sunday 22 November, 1pm and 4pm in Birmingham, with live stream of the 4pm concert.
FOLLOWING THE LATEST GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT, THE PUBLIC PERFORMANCES AT THE CBSO CENTRE WILL NOW HAPPEN WITH NO AUDIENCE. THE LIVE STREAM WILL BE GOING AHEAD AT 4PM AS PLANNED SO YOU CAN STILL PURCHASE DIGITAL TICKETS AND ENJOY THE CONCERT FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME.
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