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Luminosa sings World Premiere Cantata


Feb 8, 2020, 5:12 PM

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Luminosa sings World Premiere Cantata

Alton-based choir, Luminosa Voices, will celebrate their ten-year anniversary with a concert on 28th March at the magnificently refurbished All Saints Church, Odiham with a programme of music featuring Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, based on the devotional poetry of the seventeenth century Welsh-born poet and Anglican priest, George Herbert.
The Choir is honoured and excited to also be performing the large-scale Da Vinci Requiem which was composed by Cecilia McDowall for the 500-year anniversary of the artist’s death in 2019 and performed only once before in the same year at its premiere in May at the Royal Festival Hall, London by Wimbledon Choral Society, under the baton of Neil Ferris. The evening will be enhanced by a rare and thrilling opportunity to hear an illuminating talk by the composer herself.
Luminosa are also delighted to be commissioning Salve Deus, Rex Judaeorum, an Easter Cantata, by Alison Willis, who is bringing to life the work of Aemilia Lanyer (1569–1645), one of the first Englishwomen to publish a volume of original verse at a time when there was still suspicion of women’s work in print. The cantata takes as its focus Pilate’s wife who, according to Matthew 27.19, tried to dissuade her husband from ordering Christ’s death. Its composer, Alison Willis, is already a feted composer, having been commissioned by the London Concert Choir to compose A Light Not Yet Ready to Go Out for Breast Cancer Now and Non Omnis Moriar for the BBC Singers. The Choir are also lucky that Alison sings as an Alto with Luminosa Voices and is accompanist to Luminosa Young Voices, the youngest of the Luminosa family of choirs.
With dynamic and robust direction by Artistic Director and Conductor, Rebekah Abbott, the addition of high-quality instrumentalists and soloists, and motivated by a shared philosophy of collective music making, Luminosa looks forward to performing these vibrant pieces in All Saints Church, Odiham on Saturday 28th March. Doors open at 6.30pm for the concert at 7.30pm.
The choir is grateful for the sponsorship of BaByliss which enables us to offer tickets at just £15. These will be available via email From 18th February tickets will be on sale via , and at local venues, to be confirmed. More information can be found on our website