World Premiere - Michael O'Sullivan's New Setting of The Stabat Mater

on Tuesday, 20 January 2015. Posted in Archive

World Premiere - Michael O'Sullivan's New Setting of The Stabat Mater

The Choir of The Academy of Sacred Music will be performing a new setting of the Stabat Mater, by Michael O’Sullivan, in St. Mungo’s Roman Catholic Church, Parson St., Glasgow, on 18th September 2015 (7.30p.m.) The work will be conduced by young rising star, Ross Gunning, with the Glasgow Philharmonic Orchestra
 
Following the launch of our Composition Scholarship, aimed at encouraging young, talented, composers to write Liturgical/religious music, Michael O’Sullivan’s new setting of this profound medieval poem – which has inspired so many great classical composers – will be presented here for the first time.
 
In the beautiful setting of St. Mungo’s, there will also be a performance of Bach’s Ich Habe Genug, by 17 year old Academy student, Neil Macdonald, winner of the Gavin Semple award at this year's Glasgow Music Festival. 
 
Based on the text of Simeon’s great canticle on meeting the Christ child: Nunc Dimittis – a prayer which, in its various forms, is recited daily by millions of Christians, worldwide – Bach’s composition concludes with Our Lady’s elation at her impending Assumption, and is considered to be the most beautiful setting of this prayer ever written.
 
On the threshold of Holy Week, the performance offers an opportunity to reflect on: Mary’s complete unity with Christ, expressed through Her joy, and that of Simeon, at the Presentation; Her sorrow at the foot of the Cross; and Her rapture at Her impending Assumption.  Above all, Our Lady points us towards Christ who, in the words of St. Paul “…gave himself as a ransom for all.”
 
Tickets available on the door, or in advance, for a suggested donation of £5.
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