English choral music new and old

Gustav Holst

Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda – Group 3

William Cornysh

Ave Maria mater Dei

Imogen Holst

Hallo, my fancy, whither wilt thou go?

Walter Lambe

Stella caeli

Sir Harrison Birtwistle

The Moth Requiem (BBC co-commission with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble: UK premiere)

BBC Singers
Nash Ensemble
Nicholas Kok (conductor)


Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s long association with the Proms is reflected in this concert from 2013, in which Nicholas Kok conducts the UK premiere of The Moth Requiem for women’s voices, alto flute and three harps, a dream-like incantation of the names of the dustier cousins of the sun-loving butterfly.

Before that, pre-Reformation motets by William Cornysh and Walter Lambe, preserved in the Eton Choirbook, intersperse with alluring works by Gustav Holst and his daughter Imogen, including the third set of Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda for female voices and harp.

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(From BBC Proms, 12 August 2013)

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