|The Testament of Dr. Cranmer||
In Manus Tuas
|Saturday March 18th 2006, 7.30pm, University Church of St. Mary the Virgin|
High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AH
|Eight:Fifteen Vocal Ensemble|
Jonathan Cottle - Cello
Tickets price £10 available on the door
Celebrating the Life and Martyrdom of
|As Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer was responsible for laying the
foundations for the creation of the Church of England as it exists today.
For their debut concert the Eight:Fifteen Vocal Ensemble, a new
professional choir, will be presenting a programme of vocal music
celebrating Thomas Cranmer. The venue for the concert is the University Church, Oxford where Cranmer was executed 450 years ago in March 1556.|
The centrepiece of the programme will be a new cantata by Robert Hugill, The Testament of Dr. Cranmer. Inspired by Diarmiad MacCulloch's books Reformation and Thomas Cranmer Robert's cantata sets extracts from Cranmer’s speech from the scaffold, just before his martyrdom. Denying his recantation to the Roman Catholic authorities and proclaiming his faith in a Protestant reformed church, this speech set the seal on Cranmer’s reputation. And just as Cranmer's speech was introduced by priests singing Latin Psalms, so Robert has interleaved his setting of Cranmer's text with the Latin text and plainchant settings of the De Profundis
English sacred music from the Protestant court of Edward 6th, notable for the directness of the settings of Cranmer’s English texts, will be contrasted with the more elaborate Latin music from the reign of Queen Mary 1st, written at the time of Cranmer’s martyrdom.
The talented young Cellist, Jonathan Cottle, will join the choir to perform Robert Hugill’s Collect for Choir and Cello, again setting Cranmer’s words from the book of Common Prayer.
This concert was first given in July 2005 at St. Giles Cripplegate in London, we are pleased to be presenting it in Oxford as part of the commemorations for the 450th anniversary of Cranmer's execution which took place on March 21st 1556 at the University Church, Oxford.
|Robert Hugill's Home Page||Read the Church Times review of the July 2005 concert|