Poulenc 'Gloria', Gounod 'St. Cecilia Mass', Vaughan Williams 'Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus', & O'Neill 'Tu Es Petrus' (première)

03 May 2016
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France

The Parliament Choir's concert juxtaposes music from England and France in a programme to enthral and inspire. Poulenc's exuberant yet profound setting of the 'Gloria' will be performed alongside extracts from Gounod's first major work, his 'Messe Solenelle', for the patron saint of music, St. Cecilia. The English side of the Channel is represented by the 'Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus' by Ralph Vaughan Williams, based on native folk tunes and Herbert Howells' coronation anthem 'Behold, O God Our Defender'. The concert will also feature a new setting of 'Tu Es Petrus' by the Parliament Choir's Composer-in-Residence, Nicholas O'Neill, drawing on ideas from the composers of Notre Dame more than eight hundred years ago.