Charlotte’s Ulysses Festival: Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford

cl-140727-Stephen-DarlingtonThe English choral tradition returned to the Carolinas in April of 2014 as part of Charlotte’s Ulysses Festival of the Arts. The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford paid its second visit to the Queen City in three years to perform in the Gothic-style sanctuary of Covenant Presbyterian Church near downtown. The program represented a veritable survey of English choral music ranging from Thomas Tallis to 20th century practitioners such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton and Hubert Parry. The all-male choir also treated the audience to choral arrangements by Michael Tippitt of African-American spirituals, and encores from the great American songbook.

Related Content: View concert pictures and program, and listen to an interview with director Stephen Darlington and chorister Michael Fitzgibbon

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Billboard and introduction to Vaughan Williams’s Kyrie & Gloria, from Mass in G Minor – Lauren Rico and Theresa Woody





Ralph Vaughan Williams: Kyrie & Gloria, from Mass in G Minor
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor





Introduction to Tallis’s In ieunio et fletu and Vaughan Williams’s Sanctus & Benedictus from Mass in G Minor – Theresa Woody and Stephen Darlington





Thomas Tallis: In ieunio et fletu
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor





Ralph Vaughan Williams: Sanctus & Benedictus, from Mass in G Minor
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor





Introduction to Bach’s Prelude in B Minor BWV 544 – Theresa Woody and Stephen Darlington





Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude in B Minor BWV 544
Alexander Pott, organ





Introduction to Tallis’s O sacrum convivium and Vaughan Williams’s Agnus dei, from Mass in G Minor – Theresa Woody and Stephen Darlington





Thomas Tallis: O sacrum convivium
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor





Ralph Vaughan Williams: Agnus dei, from Mass in G Minor
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor





Introduction and interview with Stephen Darlington – Theresa Woody, Matt Rogers, and Lauren Rico





End of Part One and introduction to Purcell’s O God, Thou art my God – Theresa Woody, Matt Rogers, and Lauren Rico





Henry Purcell: O God, Thou art my God
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor





Introduction to Handel’s Two Choruses from the Founding Hospital Anthem – Stephen Darlington





George Frideric Handel: Two Choruses from the Founding Hospital Anthem
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor





Introduction to Louis Vierne’s Finale from Symphony No. 3 in F Sharp Minor – Theresa Woody and Stephen Darlington





Louis Vierne: Finale from Symphony No. 3 in F Sharp Minor
Clive Driskill-Smith, organ





Introduction to Parry’s My soul there is a country, Walton’s Where does the uttered music go?, and Tippet’s Steal Away & Deep River– Stephen Darlington





Hubert Parry: My soul there is a country
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor





William Walton: Where does the uttered music go?
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor





Sir Michael Tippitt: Steal Away & Deep River
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor





Introduction to Arlen & Harburg’s  “Somewhere over the rainbow” and Goerge and Ira Gershwin’s “Our love is here to stay” – Theresa Woody, Lauren Rico, and Stephen Darlington





Harold Arlen & “Yip” Harburg, arr. David Blackwell: “Somewhere over the Rainbow”
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford 
Stephen Darlington, conductor

 





George & Ira Gershwin: “Our love is here to stay”
The Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford
Stephen Darlington, conductor





Introduction to Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia – Lauren Rico





Benjamin Britten: Hymn to St. Cecilia
Renaissacnce





End of show – Lauren Rico and Mike McKay