Jubilate Christmas Concert
The King's Gifts
In the candle-lit magnificence of Keble College Chapel we spanned six centuries and four countries, including three glorious sixteenth century motets by Weelkes, Tallis and Victoria, Rachmaninov’s wonderfully atmospheric Magnificat, the Gloria from Latvian composer Ugis Praulins’ Miss Rigensis, and pieces by Howells, Warlock, Rutter, Dove and others.
Faire is the Heaven
On 17th June Jubilate and our loyal audience took refuge from the unwonted heat of a perfect summer afternoon in Oxford to bask in some glorious English music in the cool of Merton chapel.
Ben Nicholas led choir and audience on a journey from the complex polyphonies of the great Tudor composers to some of the loveliest sacred English music of the twentieth century. The core of the programme was the haunting Requiem of Herbert Howells with its sombre imprecations and charged dissonances. But perhaps even more exciting for the choir was the alchemy that over a few short weeks shaped our base metal into an almost glittering performance of Byrd's Laudibus in Sanctis.
The Lark Ascending
A big thank you to our musical director, Benjamin Nicholas, and to Neta Rudich and the Berkeley Sinfonia for a thrilling concert on Saturday 11th March in the University Church. Neta treated us to a stunning performance of the Lark Ascending and the orchestra showed their mettle in a full-throated rendering of Elgar's Serenade for Strings. Vaughan Williams' cantata, Dona Nobis Pacem, was a new and unforgettable experience for many of us in the choir. It was a privilege to be joined by two exceptional soloists, Cecilia Osmond and Julian Empett.
And finally, we shouldn't forget the opening piece of the concert, Gabriel Jackson's Countless and wonderful are the ways to praise God, a work of great originality and beauty - demanding for both players and singers, and very effective