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Miserere: From Allegri to Macmillan - Merbecke Choir Lent Concert

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Southwark Cathedral

London Bridge

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SE1 9DA

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A number of inspiring and moving settings of the Miserere from Allegri to Macmillan.

To mark the penitential season of Lent we will be performing settings of 'Miserere'. These range from the poly-choral Hassler, and canonical Purcell to the Allegri with its stunning soprano line and the Macmillan, a contemporary, awesome setting which is enormously powerful and moving.

The Merbecke Choir is a group of around 25-30 singers who sing a wide range of music to a high standard. The choir is mostly made up of people in their twenties and thirties, who meet to rehearse every Tuesday during term time. It is a regular contributor to the liturgy at Southwark Cathedral, notably at the monthly service of Compline and Eucharistic Devotions. It also performs regular concerts, usually one a term, has toured abroad and in the UK and has released a CD, Under the Shadow of Thy Wings.

In 2003, Southwark Cathedral founded the Merbecke Choir to be a place for boys and girls who left the Cathedral Choirs to explore a wide range of repertoire under expert tuition. The choir has grown since then and has a broad mix of ages and backgrounds, though former Cathedral choristers remain very welcome.

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The choir is a staunch supporter of new music, having commissioned several new works, as well as being adept in the performance of Renaissance polyphony. They have performed for HRH Princess Alexandra, the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and contributed to Her Majesty, the Queen’s, Christmas Broadcast recorded at Southwark Cathedral in 2006.

The choir’s current director of music is Emily Elias.

The Choir is named after the Tudor composer, John Merbecke (1510-1585), who composed one of the most popular settings of the Book of Common Prayer Communion Service. Merbecke with three other companions was tried for heresy in 1543 in the Retrochoir at Southwark, which was used for this purpose at the time. He was found guilty and condemned to be burned at the stake. However, his sentence was commuted by Bishop Stephen Gardiner, the then Bishop of Winchester, who decided that as a mere musician Merbecke ‘knew no better‘ and so was released to continue his music making.

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London Bridge mainline and tube station is a short walk away. A number of buses stop at Borough High Street and London Bridge Station. Unfortunately there are no parking facilities adjacent to the Cathedral, but there are NCP car parks in the vicinity.

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Evidence of purchase required in paper or electronic format is required.

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Refunds will only be issued if the concert is cancelled

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Yes, that will be fine.


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