USA 2015 Music

We are delighted to announce our music programmes for the USA Tour, as introduced in a video by Andrew Carwood, Director of Music. This varied and exciting programme showcases the breadth of choral music to have been performed in St Paul’s in recent years, exploring fully the richness of the English Cathedral repertoire. Below are three halves, offered in different combinations in each venue, with a note to say where you will be able to hear each section.

The Cathedral Choir in concert (2)

Will be performed in Boston, Macon, Shreveport, Houston, Washington D.C, St Paul, Valparaiso University
The Diamond Jubilee of HM The Queen  
Te Deum in G Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
The Call of Wisdom Will Todd (b.1970)
The Funeral of Baroness Thatcher
Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in G Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
Orb and Sceptre William Walton

arr. William McKie



The 10th Anniversary of 9/11
Greater Love John Ireland (1879-1962)
Grief is the price we pay for love Nico Muhly (b.1981)
The Golden Jubilee of HM The Queen  
I was glad C. Hubert H. Parry (1848-1918)

A programme which provides a survey of music performed in St Paul’s Cathedral on state occasions of celebration or national mourning. Each of these services was broadcast live throughout the world. The repertoire ranges from traditional works by Stanford and Parry to modern day commissions, including the beautiful Call of Wisdom by Will Todd and Nico Muhly’s setting of words spoken by HM The Queen in response to the 9/11 tragedy.

The Queen

Will be performed in Boston, AtlantaMaconHouston, Valparaiso University
Viri Galilaei Patrick Gowers (1936-2014)
The Lamb John Tavener (1944-2013)
Jubilate Alec Roth (b.1948)
Rhapsody No 3 in C sharp minor Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Bring us O Lord God William Harris (1883-1973)
Love bade me welcome John Tavener (1944-2013)
Magnificat (St Paul’s Service) Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

St Paul’s has an ever-growing repertoire which draws both on music of the past and music of the present. This half celebrates some iconic settings including the monumental St Paul’s Service by Herbert Howells and Sir William Harris’ exquisite setting of words by the former Dean of St Paul’s, John Donne. Also here is a tribute to the much-loved John Tavener and two St Paul’s commissions: one from Alec Roth for the St Cecilia’s Service in 2012 and the other from the famous film composer Patrick Gowers who sadly died at Christmas 2014.

John Tavener

 Will be performed in AtlantaShreveportWashington D.C, St Paul
Ecce tempus idoneum Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)
Kyrie & Gloria (Mass for Four Voices) William Byrd (c.1540-1623)
Salvator mundi [I] Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)
Credo (Mass for Four Voices) William Byrd (c.1540-1623)
A Fancie from My Ladye Nevells Booke William Byrd (c.1540-1623)
Sanctus & Benedictus (Mass for Four Voices) William Byrd (c.1540-1623)
O salutaris hostia Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585)
Agnus Dei (Mass for Four Voices) William Byrd (c.1540-1623)

In the sixteenth century, England was home to some of the finest musicians in the world and two of the foremost are also two of the most fascinating – Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Teacher/pupil, business partners and friends, these two produced music during the difficult years of the English Reformation yet seemed to cling to their old Catholic faith throughout. Byrd’s darkly mystical Mass for four voices (published in the 1590s) is set alongside devotional motets by Tallis and two organ works.

Tallis and Byrd

For information on the music performed at St Paul’s on a day-to-day basis, see our service schedule. We’ll be bringing you further updates on each of the pieces appearing in the tour. Follow us on Twitter @StPaulsChoir or on Facebook.