Meditations and Lamentations: Emmanuel Church, Forest Road, Loughborough 6th November 2021

The Cecilian Singers

Music Director: Benjamin Kirk

Assistant MD: Guy Turner


'Meditations & Lamentations'

Emmanuel Church,

47-53 Forest Road,

Loughborough LE11 3NW

on Saturday November 6th 2021
7.30pm to 8.30pm (no interval) 
'THE CECILIAN SINGERS have always had a reputation
for variety in their programmes.
Here they look forward to the programme of music
chosen by their new Music Director Benjamin Theophilus Kirk.

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Meditations and Lamentations

It is my great pleasure to be presenting my first programme as Music Director with the Cecilian Singers of Leicester! We had originally planned a different programme, Innocence, to get us off the mark in April of this year but, almost poetically, we had innocence taken away from us by the pandemic and government restrictions on singing.

 Consequently, plans for a first project together had to undergo a few transformations, but I am excited that the result is this most reflective programme, Meditations and Lamentations.

Taking music for double choir by Robert Schumann, Sven-David Sandström, and Johannes Brahms, this programme explores meditations on love, Spring and youth, the stars, on the cosmos and our place in it; then in one Monteverdi motet, the programme turns into darker lamentations on the loss of love, or the end of love, and with the stunning Herbert Howells Requiem, the end of life.

In Brahms’ wonderful motet Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem mühseligen, the first movement has always struck me as a kind of lamentation on the end of faith itself, as the text taken from Job really asks God where he is (“und Gott vor ihm denselben bedekket”), and why it is that these wretched people seem to be the ones who get ahead in life. Warum, indeed!

Gracefully, Brahms turns this sentiment around, and the lament in the first movement gives way to a celebration in the glorious 3rd movement of those who have endured: “Siehe, wir preisen selig, die erduldet haben”.

By the end of the piece, Brahms takes from Martin Luther to depart in peace and joy, in God’s Will. Death has become a sleep, and the lamentation has been transformed completely into a prayer of acceptance through enduring, and ultimately trust in the will of something greater than ourselves.

You are warmly invited to join us on 6th November in Loughborough for this journey of Meditations and Lamentations - and the beginning of our own new journey as a choir.               Benjamin Theophilus Kirk