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Project's compositions are available to Herefordshire choirs
11:39am Thursday 26th July 2012 in Music & Dance
LAST year, an unusual concert was given in Hereford Cathedral by Ensemble Sine Nomine, the singing group founded in 2010 by two former
cathedral choristers, Sebastian Field and Patrick Dunachie.
It featured unaccompanied pieces specially written by five local composers,
under the supervision of the canon precentor, in honour of Hereford’s three local saints.
The composition project was inspired by the recent enrichment of the cathedral with three magnificent 21st century works of art, celebrating St Ethelbert, whose story is pictured on the central pillar of the retro-choir; St
Thomas Cantilupe, whose original shrine, in the north transept, has
received a splendid canopy, with 12 panels telling his story in appliqué work; and Thomas Traherne, mystical parish priest of Credenhill in the 17th century, who is commemorated by four brilliant stained glass windows,
inspired by visionary images in his writings, and installed in the
The 28 Saints of Hereford compositions have not been published, but copies can be provided to local choirs interested in singing them and recordings can be heard at herefordshirecomposersworkshop.com , where they will shortly
be joined by five Diamond Jubilee Motets – a Garland for the Queen – written to conclude the project.