Gulbenkian Choir A Cappella

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The Latin expression sol lucet omnibus, more commonly recognised as “The sun shines for everyone”, represents the universal right to enjoy the gifts of nature. Based around the theme of the New Year, “Alma Nova” (New Soul or New you), mirrors this popular expression, communicating the idea that there is also a plurality of uses and reformulation within music that often break from what has been done in the past. This diversity is represented by works from Amy Beach, Eric Whitacre and Sarah Quartel from across the Atlantic, as well as Britten, Mendelssohn, Poulenc, Holst, Reger and Schumann from Europe. The programme also features the most iconic a cappella choral pieces of C. V. Stanford and a spirited toast to the New Year from Rossini.


Eric Whitacre
Lux aurumque

Benjamin Britten
A Hymn to the Virgin

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Weihnachten, op. 79 no. 1
Am Neujahrstage, op. 79 no. 2

Max Reger
Nachtlied, op. 138 no. 3

Thomas Tallis
O nata lux

Gustav Holst (arr. Jorge Leiria)
In the Bleak Midwinter

Amy Beach
Peace I Leave with You, op. 8, no. 3

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Denn er hat seinen Engeln

Francis Poulenc
O magnum mysterium, FP 152 no. 1

Sarah Quartel
Sanctum: Lux aeterna

Francis Poulenc
Seigneur, je vous en prie, FP 142 no. 3

Robert Schumann
Zuversicht, op. 141, no. 3

Charles Villiers Stanford
Magnificat, op. 164

Gioachino Rossini
Toast pour le nouvel an

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