Feb 28, 2022, 3:36 PM
Luminosa Celebrates 12 Fabulous Years with a Tribute to Women Composers
Alton-based choir, Luminosa Voices, will celebrate their twelve-year anniversary with a concert of exciting music on 2nd April at the magnificent All Saints Church, Odiham.
At the heart of the programme, the Choir is honoured to 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 UK, at its première. The evening will be enhanced by a rare 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) The cantata takes a refreshingly different focus on 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 musician, having composed Non Omnis Moriar for the BBC Singers and A Light Not Yet Ready to Go Out for the London Concert Choir, raising awareness of, and money for, Breast Cancer Now.
Perfect for Easter, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, based on the devotional poetry of the seventeenth century Welsh-born poet and Anglican priest, George Herbert, will also be performed.
With robust direction by Artistic Director and Conductor, Rebekah Abbott, the addition of high-quality instrumentalists and soloists, and motivated by a shared philosophy of outstanding collective music- making, the Choir has enjoyed consistently enthusiastic responses from audiences over twelve successful years. Luminosa looks forward to performing these vibrant pieces at Easter, with its focus on spiritual celebration and human growth, in the beautiful setting of All Saints Church, Odiham on Saturday 2nd April. Doors open at 6.30pm for the concert at 7.30pm.
Luminosa is grateful for the sponsorship of Hattingley Valley Wines which enables them to offer tickets at just £15 for adults (under 12s-£5), available on Ticket Source www.luminosamusic.com from January 22nd. More information can be found on the Choir’s website www.luminosamusic.com