Come Away

a cappella SATB choir

Duration 8’
Instrumentation a cappella SATB choir
First Performance 2 May 2015, Chester Cathedral, UK; Philip Rushforth (conductor)
Commissioned by Philip Rushforth for the choir of Chester Cathedral and in loving memory of Capt. William Robert and Mrs Vera Willis
Further Performances
7.6.15 10:30 Kings College, Cambridge; Kings College Choir, Stephen Cleobury conductor
11.7.15 St Brandon’s Church, Brancepeth, Durham; The Durham Singers, Julian Wright  conductor
18.7.15 St. Michael & All Angels Church, Buckinghamshire; The Choir of St. Michael & All Angels Church
18.9.15 National Portrait Gallery, London; The Portrait Choir
19.9.15 National Portrait Gallery, London; The Portrait Choir
27.9.15 Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, Hertfordshire; The Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury conductor

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from Song of Solomon

Winter is Past

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one,
and come away.
For, lo, the winter is past,

the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
The fig tree putteth forth her green figs,
and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away.

Among the Lilies
2:16, 1:2

My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.

Many Waters

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm:
for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave:

the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it:

if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.