At the Water’s Edge

Cantores Chamber Choir directed by Simon Harper presents a varied programme of a cappella music on the theme of water, exploring its natural beauty in partsongs by Elgar, Stanford, Finzi, Delius and Whitacre, as well as British folksong arrangements by Vaughan Williams, Rutter and Willcocks; the power of water’s life-giving quality in Hildegard chant and sacred motets by Cardoso, Victoria and Walton; in contrast, the association of water with death in Gibbons’ madrigal The Silver Swan, alongside Bob Chilcott’s re-working of the same piece; and the significance of water and exile in Palestrina’s motet Super flumina Babylonis and Tippett’s arrangement of the spiritual Deep River.

Cantores Chamber Choir
Simon Harper, conductor