17 September 2020
Birmingham-based choir Ex Cathedra celebrated its 50th anniversary with a musical extravaganza, hosted online.
Choral director Jeffrey Skidmore compiled the performance, which includes pieces from the Renaissance composer Ignazio Donati - newly edited by Jamie Savan at the Conservatoire and performed by Ex Cathedra’s Scholars Consort - to pieces it has commissioned, and a sensational premiere by Liz Dilnot Johnson.
The concert opens with Part III of Alec Roth’s Earthrise, set in space.
It continues with music by Judith Weir, conducted by Ex Cathedra’s current associate conductor Hilary Campbell, and a piece by MacMillan both originally commissioned for the choir’s 40th anniversary.
The programme also looks to the future, concluding with the premiere of a new piece “Blake Reimagined” by Liz Dilnot Johnson, heard between the two verses of Jerusalem.
The performance was presented as part of the “Our Firsts” Weekender included as part of the CBSO’s centenary concert.
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Pictured: A screengrab of the choir's performance