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Starting the New Year with a world premiere performance

Starting the New Year with a world premiere performance

For the Cathedral Choristers, 2014 gets off to a flying start as they rehearse with the acclaimed Richard Alston Company for their world premiere of Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb – a brand new commission from The Marlowe Theatre. The Richard Alston Dance Company and the Cathedral Choir will perform at The Marlowe Theatre on Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 Feb at 19:30.

In a sense, things have come full circle, as Alston’s much praised celebration of Benjamin Britten’s music began in Canterbury in 2012 when he choreographed A Ceremony of Carols as part of a special co-commission by the Marlowe Theatre and Sadler’s Wells.

The choristers are thrilled to have been invited once again by one of the country’s leading choreographers to perform Ceremony of Carols for the Richard Alston Dance Company”  Two years ago it was a fantastic experience and this will be even more so, as the men of the choir join to perform the world premiere of Richard’s ballet for Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten. This collaboration is a huge excitement for all of us.

Dr David Flood, Organist and Master of the Choristers



Words were so often the inspiration for Britten; and in this piece the words are by the 18th century poet Christopher Smart. Smart wrote Jubilate Agno (Latin for “Rejoice in the Lamb”) whilst he was confined in an asylum; it is fuelled by religious fervour, bizarre imagery and the idiosyncratic worship of God by all creatures, including the poet’s cat Jeoffrey.

And as if having a world premiere under your belt was not enough, in April 2014 the Cathedral Choir will embark on a 4 day trip to Norway in April 24-28, singing in Bodǿ Cathedral and Inndyr.

In the Press

Click below to view related coverage from the local, national and international media

Dance set for Marlowe premiere – Kent on Sunday (03/02/2014)

Richard Alston Dance Company in Canterbury – This is Kent (06/02/2014)

Reflective moves – Kent Messenger (07/02/2014)




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