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April 13th, 2008 - African Sanctus
African Sanctus



In addition to their role as choir in residence at St Joseph's Church in Bradford, the Bradford Boys' Choir also regularly perform at concerts in West Yorkshire and beyond.

Last night saw the boys take part in a concert in Bradford Cathedral. Performing alongside the Bradford Festival Choral Society the choirs performed African Sanctus by David Fanshawe.

On the composers website, we read about the striking work:

African Sanctus is a universal work whose impact is immediate, whose message is simple, the driving force is one of Praise and a firm believe in One Music - One God. It informs both listener and performer about African music and its relationship to Western polyphony and captures the eternal and spiritual soul of music. It is an event, a celebration of power and energy, both visual, aural and multi-cultural, now performed live all over the world. For David Fanshawe there are no musical barriers.

African Sanctus is an unorthodox setting of the Latin Mass harmonised with traditional African music recorded by the composer on his now legendary journeys up the river Nile (1969-73). The taped music from Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya is heard in counterpoint with the live chorus, soprano soloist and instrumental ensemble. The work is composed in 13 movements and reflects geographically the composer's cross-shaped pilgrimage, from the Mediterranean to Lake Victoria, whereby the Kyrie represents Cairo and the Sanctus Northern Uganda.

Pictured: The Bradford Boys' Choir with Neville Creed, Conductor and Maureen Brathwaite, Soprano.



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