An Evening Cantata is a choral work written for 4 part choir, children’s choir, piano and organ. It was written by Sam Hanson as a major outreach project for Wimborne Minster. Based on the service of Choral Evensong with the two biblical readings presented as extended musical settings, the whole work is intended to be accessible for children’s choirs.
The work was performed by the choristers of Wimborne Minster, conducted by David Gostick with Sam Hanson on Piano and Sean Tucker on Organ.
The Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt is told through a series of variations for organ and piano, each one depicting a different plague, with the children’s chorus playing the part of Moses, and the tenor soloist playing the part of the Pharaoh.
The story of Holy Week is narrated by the children’s chorus, with tenor and bass soloists singing the parts of Jesus, Peter, Judas and Pilate, with the adult choir providing the crowd, and three full choral pieces marking Palm Sunday, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.
The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis are set in a traditional style, and can be used in ordinary services. The final anthem, based on Psalm 150 is an uplifting song of praise using the combined forces of the piece.
- 1. Responsory (3:06)
- 2. Exodus of the Israelites (22:31)
- 3. Magnificat (5:37)
- 4. Passion of Jesus (18:15)
- 5. Nunc Dimittis (3:14)
- 6. Psalm 150 (3:31)
Total Running Time:
57 minutes 43 seconds.
Conical Sphere Music with Richard McLester & Dave Taylor engineered the project recording the choir, piano and organ on location at Wimborne Minster over three sessions. The soloists were recorded at the Royal College of Music, London.
The completed tracks were mixed & mastered together by Conical Sphere Music.
All of the artwork and photography for the project with the exception of the frontcover (taken by Faye Eldret) and commissioned artwork piece Moses Parts The Red Sea (produced by Tristan Hanson), was produced by Richard McLester for Conical Sphere Media.[nggallery id=5]
Audio Clips Listen below to extracts from the project…