First performed in Minneapolis in December 2004 by Plymouth Congregational Church Choir, conducted by Philip Brunelle. Swayne’s Magnificat I, written in 1982, is in the repertoire of choirs all over the world. This setting (also in Latin) is simpler, being scored for four–part choir supported by organ; but is just as dramatic, with four full–blooded solo parts.
Five songs for unaccompanied choir on poems by Wendy Cope.
Commissioned by Soundstreams Canada and first performed in November 2004 in Toronto by University Voices, conducted by Robert Sund. Witty and quite saucy fun – the mini–fugue to the words “Some people like sex more than others” gives an indication of the overall flavour.
First performed at the 2004 Bath Festival by the Bath Camerata under Nigel Perrin, this major work by a modern choral master incorporates Aramaic, Hebrew & Arabic funerary texts into the 12th century Latin poem, creating a powerfully modern view of the Crucifixion story.