Vierne, Duruflé and Dupré

Wednesday 23 March 2011

23 March, 2011 - 19:30 Exeter College Chapel

The Cherwell Singers presents a programme of French Catholic music from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries on Saturday March 26th in Exeter College Chapel. The major work is the Messe Solennelle of Louis Vierne (1870-1937) who spent most of his career as organist of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Also represented are motets by fellow Parisian organist composers Dupre and Durufle as well as the well known “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck.

To complement the choral works there will be organ solos by Vierne and Durufle played by Steven Grahl the assistant organist of New College. The setting of Exeter College Chapel is entirely appropriate for the programme as it is heavily influenced in style by the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and built during the Gothic revival of the nineteenth century. The organ, which is a crucial element in the performance, is similarly heavily influenced by the French nineteenth century tradition.

Do join us for this evening of devotional music from Paris.

Directed by: James Brown