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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Next concert - Saturday 22nd September 2018 19:30, Keble College Chapel, 16 Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PG Commotio is delighted to be joined by amazing organist, Christian Wilson, for this concert celebrating the works of Francis Dolben Pott. 'Word' is a virtuosic piece for choir and organ, combining verses from St John's Prologue and five poems by R.S Thomas. Despite being a great admirer of R.S Thomas, this is the first time that Pott has set his poetry. Commissioned for Merton College in 2011, this will be its second performance.
In addition to works by Pott, Commotio will perform works by Mårten Jansson, Gustav Holst and Martin Read. Martin Read and Francis Pott developed a friendship through their shared enthusiasm for teaching and developing the talents of young composers. Read's life was cut short in 2012, but his legacy lies in his astounding compositions, the work of his students, and The Martin Read Foundation.
Christian Wilson will perform Pott's rhapsodic 'Prelude and Fugue on Iste Confessor', which features on his 2017 recording of Pott's organ works. Commotio will be joining with Christian Wilson again in 2019 to record Commotio's second CD of choral music by Pott. Francis Pott: Word Francis Pott: They that trust in the Lord Francis Pott: Prelude and Fugue on Iste Confessor (Organ: Christian Wilson) Gustav Holst: Evening Watch Martin Read: Death be not proud Mårten Jansson: Far