Zoltán Kodály - Sacred music

Sunday 19 March 2023

Zoltán Kodály - Sacred music

The Cherwell Singers present

Zoltán Kodály - Sacred music

New College Chapel, Oxford

Sunday 19th March 2023, 7.30pm


The Cherwell Singers will explore the sacred music of the Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967).

A linguist, philosopher, ethnomusicologist and pedagogue, as well as a composer, he left a rich and varied legacy, not least as the creator of the internationally famous Kodály method of music education.

The major work of the concert will be his Missa Brevis, written during the dark days of the Second World War, as well as the lesser known Pange Lingua, and the smaller unaccompanied works, Stabat Mater, and Ave Maria.

The setting of New College Chapel, with its 1969 modernist organ, which is ideally suited to Kodály’s music, should provide an atmospheric setting within which to set this particular collection of music, and the several and important organ solo sections will be played by the assistant organist of New College, Donal McCann.

Do join us for an evening exploring the religious music of this exceptional musician.