The Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy
Sunday 18 August to Sunday 25 August 2013
The 2013 festival takes its inspiration from the lives and teaching of a group of female saints: Mother Julian of Norwich, St Teresa of Ávila, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, St Cecilia and St Teresa of Lisieux. The services on Saturday 24 August celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary.This year’s festival commission is from Neil Cox, who has set Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s words ‘The fruit of silence is prayer’. Cox is a widely commissioned composer and is Director of Choral Music at Lancing College. The Consort will give the first performance during the BBC broadcast of Choral Evensong on Wednesday 21 August. Also setting words by Blessed Teresa is the young Latvian composer, Eriks Ešenvalds; his A drop in the ocean will be heard at the festival, as will compositions by Matthew Martin and Francis Pott.
Of the larger-scale repertoire, the boys and men sing the Requiem Mass of Maurice Duruflé on Friday 23 August, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass is sung at the climax of the Festival on Sunday 25 August. Three of Victoria’s Masses are heard during the week as well as a remarkable range of continental Renaissance motets, from Laloux to Lobo, and Manchicourt to Rebelo. No music festival this year would be complete without a tribute to Benjamin Britten on the one hundredth anniversary of his birth. We include three of his most popular choral works, including the Hymn to St Cecilia, alongside music by Holst, Finzi, Howells and Tippett.
It is good to welcome John Challenger, Assistant Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral, to the 2013 Festival as Festival Organist, succeeding Peter Stevens who directs the Schola Cantorum this year. Matthew Martin is once again directing the Nave Choir, and Jeremy Summerly and Paul Brough share the conducting of the Consort. Visitors to the Festival include Daniel Hyde, from Magdalen College, Oxford, who gives an organ recital at Steeple Ashton Church on Friday 23 August, and The Very Reverend Michael Tavinor, Dean of Hereford, who preaches at the Eucharist on Saturday 24 August and BBC Radio 4 who will broadcast Sunday Worship live from the Priory Church on Sunday 25 August.
To hear this music in the context for which it was written is a special experience, especially at Edington. We hope you will join us for what will be a thrilling week.