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Benedictus (for SSA voices & orchestra)

This joyful setting of the Benedictus was originally commissioned by St Catharine’s College, Cambridge in 2009 for their newly-formed girls’ choir. Its theatrical exuberance made it instantly popular and a version for choir and orchestra was subsequently commissioned by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus.


Description: SSA chorus and orchestra

Duration (mins): 4

Genre: Choral - Unison/Upper + Equal Voices

Text: Liturgical

Instrumentation: 2222 - 4.3.2.btrbn.1 - timp - perc(2): SD/tgl/cyms/susp.cym/glsp/vib - pno - harp - strings

Languages: English, Latin

Commission Details: Commissioned by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

First Performance: 22.12.2011, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK: CBSO Youth Chorus/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Halsey

Availability: Full score, vocal score and parts for hire from Faber Music

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