As this spring concert is being held on the feast day of the Annunciation we thought it would be appriopriate to perform a number of choral pieces relevant to this important day in the Christian calendar.
The Annunciation, also referred to as the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary or Annunciation of the Lord, is the Christian celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, marking his Incarnation. Gabriel told Mary to name her son Jesus, meaning "Saviour". It is one of the twelve Great Feasts of the church year.
Works to be performed include:
The Magnificat - Giovanni Battista Pergoleisi
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis - Herbert Howells
Ave Maris Stella - Mark Thomas
Agnus Dei - Ian Kellam
Salve Regina - Arvo Paert
The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came - Basque Traditional, arranged by Edgar Pettman
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis - Charles Villiers Stanford
A Maiden Most Gentle - A traditional French melody, words and arrangement by Andrew Carter
Angelus ad Virginem - From a C14 carol arranged by David Willcocks