In December 2018 the Choir returned to Rome for another Basilicas tour in collaboration with the contemporary Italian composer, and former Composer in Residence at the Vatican, Claudio Dall’Albero. As well as performing at Santa Maria Maggiore, St Peter’s Vatican City and St Paul’s Outside the Walls, the Choir made their debut at the stunning Teatro Villa Torlonia. Aside from their performances the Choir enjoyed some sightseeing in Rome and the opportunity to sample the Italian cuisine! We are most grateful to our Italian agent, Marcella Medaglia, for all her work in setting up our concerts for this tour and we cannot wait to return again soon!
Monday 3rd December
Alumni Reunion - Doggett’s Coat and Badge, London, 18.30
Thursday 6th December
Mass at St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, 17.00 (Open to the public and free admission).
Friday 7th December
Mass at Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, 11.00 (Open to the public and free admission).
Saturday 8th December
Teatro Torlonia, Rome, 18.00
Sunday 9th December
Afternoon Concert at St Paul’s Outside the Walls, Rome, 15.30 (Open to the public and free admission).
The repertoire included:
John Tavener – O do not move
Thomas Tallis – In manus tuas, Domine
William Byrd – Vigilate
Henry Purcell – Hear my prayer, O Lord
William Walton – A Litany
Gustav Holst – In the bleak midwinter
Elizabeth Polston – Jesus Christ the apple tree
trad. (arr. Stephen Darlington) – Stille nacht
Benjamin Britten – Hymn to the Virgin
Herbert Howells – Here is the little door
trad. – Sing lullaby
Morten Laurisden – O magnum mysterium
Claudio Dall’Albero _ Pater noster
Claudio Dall’Albero – Magnificat Octavi Toni
Claudio Dall’Albero – Parvulus filius
Claudio Dall’Albero – Preghiera di Natale