Chamber Choir

Songs for the Soul

Psalms, folk songs and spirituals

Thursday 13 June 2024, 19:30 - 21:30
St Botolph's Churchmap ]
London EC2M 3TL

Orlando Chamber Choir
Lucy Goddard, director

Orlando’s summer programme looks at psalms, folk songs and spirituals settings from Great Britain and America. At the heart of this programme are the five spirituals from Michael Tippett’s oratorio A Child of our Time, which was written in the aftermath of Kristallnacht as an expression of Tippett’s pacifism and support for oppressed people throughout the world. The spirituals serve a similar purpose in the piece to the chorales in Bach’s Passions: they are unifying moments of collectivity, as are the hymns, psalms and folksongs that appear in this programme. Tippett was inspired by composers such as Tallis and Purcell, whose moving psalm settings we will present. We will perform Undine Smith Moore’s spiritual Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord, and folksong settings and partsongs by Holst, Elgar and Stanford to end this programme, which we hope will be a balm to the soul in troubled times.


William Billings (1746 - 1800)
When Jesus wept
Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695)
I will sing unto the Lord
Thomas Tallis (c.1505 - 1585)
In pace in idipsum
Michael Tippett (1905 - 1998)
from A Child of Our Time:
Five Spirituals
Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695)
O be joyful in the Lord
I was glad when they said unto me
Hear my prayer, o Lord
William Byrd (c.1540 - 1623)
Laetentur coeli
Exsurge Domine
William Billings (1746 - 1800)
Undine Smith Moore (1904 - 1989)
Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord
Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934)
from Six Choral Folksongs:
I love my love
There was a tree
from Twelve Welsh Folk Songs:
Lisa Lân
Edward Elgar (1857 - 1934)
from Four Choral Songs:
There is sweet music
My love dwelt in a Northern land
Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 - 1924)
Quick! We have but a second