Vast Ocean of Light: Jonathan Dove at 60
Saturday 18 May 2019 | 7.30 p.m.
Pre-concert talk at 7pm
St Pancras Parish Church
Tickets: £12/£10 (concs.) in advance. £15/£12 (concs.) at the door.
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dir. Tim Reader
This year’s gala concert celebrates Jonathan Dove’s 60th birthday with a programme of recent choral works, many of which are yet to be recorded. The programme takes its title from Dove’s motet Vast Ocean of Light, a rich and resplendent work which features his signature glistening organ writing. Also featured are several of Dove’s secular works: a setting of Thomas Hardy’s The Darkling Thrush, two sonnets by William Shakespeare and Samuel Daniel, and The Passing of the Year, a large-scale song cycle for double choir and piano in seven movements of seasonally themed texts by poets including William Blake, Alfred Tennyson, and Emily Dickinson.
The Epiphoni Consort was founded in 2014 by Tim Reader to fill a gap between the amateur and professional tiers of London’s choral circuit. Its membership is made up of singers who perform to a professional standard but have other full-time careers. The group has won awards in Tenebrae’s prestigious Locus Iste Competition and in the London A Cappella Choir Competition, and has appeared on television on the BBC 4 documentary The Joy of Rachmaninov and the BBC 2 documentary Terry Pratchett: Back In Black, singing Tallis’s forty-part motet Spem in alium.
The choir’s debut CD, Sudden Light, was released on Delphian Records in 2017 to critical acclaim from Gramophone, Choir and Organ magazine, BBC Radio 3 and BBC Music Magazine. Recent performances have included Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Singet dem Herrn with City of London Sinfonia, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Southbank Sinfonia, and a concert performance of Ravel’s ballet Daphnis et Chloé with Kensington Symphony Orchestra.
Tim Reader studied music at the University of Exeter and is a former lay clerk of Bristol Cathedral. He has an extensive background in choral and opera direction and accompaniment. In addition to his choral conducting work, Tim is currently studying ensemble singing as part of a Master of Music programme at the University of York.
(all works by Jonathan Dove)
They Will Rise
In Beauty May I Walk
Full many a glorious morning
The Darkling Thrush
Vast Ocean of Light
My Love is Mine
The Passing of the Year
Promoted and generously supported
by the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music.
Photograph of Epiphoni Consort by Marc Gascoigne