The much loved and celebrated local choir Wimbledon Choral celebrated their centenary by commissioning internationally acclaimed composer Cecilia McDowall to write the Da Vinci Requiem. It was premiered at the Royal Festival Hall in May 2019 with Kate Royal (soprano), Roderick Williams (baritone) and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
‘Bright morning stars’, the first of Three American Songs by composer – and Wimbledon Choral accompanist – Michael Higgins, was released as a YouTube premiere at 6:00pm on Saturday 6 June to coincide with what would have been their much loved summer concert.
Music Director Neil Ferris said:
We were due to record Cecilia McDowall’s ‘Da Vinci Requiem’ with Roderick Williams in May. Instead, we have come together to make this virtual recording with the hope of supporting professional musicians around the country, many of whom are facing difficult circumstances and worries about the future. Members of Wimbledon Choral and the choir itself will be donating to Help Musicians UK, and we are very grateful to Roddy for joining us in this project.
Commissioned and first performed by Wimbledon Choral, Three American Songs by Michael Higgins are published by Oxford University Press.
About Wimbledon Choral
Scan the faces of the singers, here more than 200, and all you see is pride and excitement.
… how heartening it was to see singers of all ages who clearly adore singing.
About Help Musicians UK
Watch Wimbledon Choral, with soloist Roderick Williams, perform their commission, ‘Bright Morning Stars’, the first of Three American Songs by composer – and Wimbledon Choral Accompanist – Michael Higgins.