As Matthew Berry takes a sabbatical in the summer term, Commotio is delighted to welcome Bob Chilcott to direct a programme that includes William Albright’s seminal Chichester Mass, Jan Sandström’s energising, yoik-inspired Biegga luothe alongside works by Górecki and MacMillan among others.
Bob has been Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers since 2002 and works with thousands of singers around the world every year. Commotio is delighted to have this opportunity to work with a conductor and singer of such vast experience and enterprise.
Commotio can be heard in concert with Bob on Saturday June 22nd 2019 at SJE Arts. Click here for tickets.
Founded in 1999 and based in Oxford, the choir Commotio performs contemporary choral music primarily from the 20th and 21st centuries showcasing works by younger or lesser-known composers. The choir is particularly recognised for its fine tuning, attention to detail and challenging repertoire. The name Commotio derives from the Latin for movement/excitement.
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"I defy anyone to sing better than Commotio!" (Bob Chilcott, Composer)
Next concert - Saturday 16th March 2019 19:30, St John the Evangelist, 109A Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1EH
Commotio is proud to present the world premiere of Francis Pott's 'At First Light'. A balm for a troubled age, 'At First Light' is an elegiac work in 7 movements, contrasting complex choral polyphony with the lone voice of a solo cello (Joseph Spooner). 'At First Light' draws on texts from Christian and Jewish funereal rites in addition to poetic extracts from Kahlil Gibran, Wendell Berry, Alun Lewis and Thomas Blackburn.
True to its mission to bring to the fore neglected, or lost choral works, Commotio will sing three short pieces that have been all but lost to the standard repertoire. Gurney's motet was written in 1925 but is not known to have been performed until 2012. Although George Lloyd is better known for his symphonies and operas, his setting of Psalm 130 is a stunningly wrought motet, written in 1995, three years before his death. The choice of text (Out of the depths I have cried to thee) perhaps references the composer's wartime trauma aboard HMS Trinidad, which was struck by a torpedo. Milner's motet has received very few additional performances to those by the dedicatees, Paul Steinitz and the London Bach Society, and it is a pleasure for Commotio to perform this overlooked piece.