Our Easter offering this year is a wonderful blend of the old and new:
Rutter wrote the The Gift of Life, in 2015, as "celebration of life" and a counterpart to his Requiem's reflection on death. We pair it in our programme not with a requiem but with the choruses from the passion section of Handel's Messiah, ending with the Hallelujah Chorus.
Two wedding anthems by Welsh composers follow:
Let the People Praise Thee, O God, was written in 1981 by William Mathias for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
Ubi Caritas, by Paul Mealor was for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, in 2011.