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Wednesday 15 May, 7.00pm
The Choir of Westminster Abbey
St James's Baroque
*Please note this is a change to the published brochure
'Tis Nature's Voice
Verse anthem 'My beloved spake'
Welcome, welcome, glorious morn
(Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary, 1691)
Hail, bright Cecilia!
(Ode for St Cecilia's Day, 1692)
The Festival's annual visit to Westminster Abbey offers a chance to hear two resplendent odes by its former organist Henry Purcell, including the popular Ode for St Cecilia's Day, which explores the natural origins of music and musical instruments and includes the famously florid aria that gives this year's Festival its title. My beloved spake is a church anthem whose beautifully poetic Biblical text welcomes Spring, when 'the time of the singing of birds is come'.
'James O'Donnell's restrained and precise conducting was exemplary, with perfect control of the sound in the vast acoustic.'
Early Music Review