Radio 3 Live in Concert: Britten, MacMillan and Mealor
BBC Singers live from St David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire
Tonight they perform the world premiere of Paul Mealor’s The Farthest Shore, which was commissioned by the John Armitage Memorial and takes inspiration from Celtic myth. Mealor’s music became known internationally after his motet Ubi caritas was performed at the Royal Wedding in 2011.
Britten’s Festival Cantata opens the second half. Rejoice in the Lamb takes its text from the moving poetry of Christopher Smart, which reflects on the glory of God in all created things against his personal inner turmoil.
James MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados is equally powerful, with its combination of Latin liturgical texts with contemporary poetry.