week the choir of St Swithun’s School, Winchester performed a newly
commissioned set of Preces and Responses by renowned choral composer Alexander
L’Estrange at Evensong in Winchester Cathedral.
Director of music at the all-girls school, Mrs YiRu Hall, commissioned the work
from the composer which was sung by 70
girls between the ages of 14 and 18, many of whom are experienced choral
singers. Mrs Hall asked Alexander to
write a set of Preces and Responses to suit these developing teenage voices. She
was delighted with the result stating “He has produced a beautiful set of
musical sentences, each with its own distinctive musical flavour, with added
note chords which tingle and float away in the acoustic of the cathedral. We
look forward to singing them regularly in the cathedral from now on”.
The choir enjoyed a workshop with Alexander L’Estrange before the service,
learning about his approach to the text and especially his thoughts about his
setting of the Lord’s Prayer.
Alexander said “I was delighted to be asked to write a new set of Responses for
such a fine all-girls choir and it was an added privilege to be invited to work
with the girls and rehearse them. They made a lovely rich sound with excellent
intonation, and responded well to the different nuances, moods and tempi
required. I look forward hugely to performing "Ahoy! Sing for the Mary
Rose" with the school next March. “
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