Jeffrey Skidmore, conductor
Thomas Tallis Spem in alium
Alessandro Striggio Ecce beatam lucem
Gabriel Jackson Sanctum est verum lumen (2005)
Alec Roth Earthrise (2010)
Thomas Tallis Sing and glorify
Ex Cathedra - “one of Britain’s very best choirs” (New York Times) – brings an epic programme with no fewer than four pieces written in 40 parts. There are two works composed especially for Ex Cathedra and a rare opportunity to hear the iconic model, the soaring, uplifting, remarkable, truly monumental Spem in alium!
The 50th anniversary of the first manned orbit of the Moon is also the perfect time to hear Alec Roth’s 40-part Earthrise, a stunning piece that takes its inspiration from that breath-taking Apollo 8 photo. Astronomer Bill Anders later recounted: “We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth... it was the most beautiful, heart-catching sight of my life.”
The performance stage will be in the Stalls.
Tickets from £13
Child (15yrs and under) £5
Plus £2 per ticket booking fee, or 85p per ticket booking fee online
Group rate available on 15+ tickets
School rate available
"The Birmingham-based choir Ex Cathedra shines like a beacon on the British musical scene… with a polished intensity of which few other English choirs are capable… Fabulous though it was to hear both versions, Latin and English, of Tallis’s Spem in alium (Sing and glorify), sung with the choir’s usual brilliance and perfect intonation, the triumph of this concert was written for Ex Cathedra by Alec Roth." Church Times
"Thomas Tallis’ famous Spem in alium was naturally the keystone, surging and pulsating … the goodie here was Alec Roth’s four-movement Earthrise, almost a choral symphony, exploiting so many vocal resources for infinitely pure musical ends, and consummately delivered by Skidmore’s amazing choristers." Birmingham Post