In this QuaranTune, soprano Jenny introduces a piece from Howells’ Requiem that became a feature of the choir’s repertoire thanks to Musical Director Christopher Hann’s keen interest in Howell’s music – Requiem Aeternam (1).
Herbert Howells was an English composer, organist, and teacher, most famous for his large output of Anglican church music. Despite writing this Requiem in 1932/3 it was not published until the 1980s. It is written for an unaccompanied double choir and is said to be inspired by the light shining through the East window of Gloucester Cathedral which is particularly relevant to the Requiem Aeternam.
The words are as follows:
Requiem aeternam dona eis. Et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine.
Rest eternal grant unto them. And may light perpetual shine upon them. Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord.
This recording was made for our Golden Phoenix album as part of our 50th season celebrations. It can purchased via Amazon or iTunes, and streamed on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, Pandora, Shazam and many others.