• Lennox Berkeley
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (1980)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by The Southern Cathedrals Festival

  • organ
  • SATB
  • 9 min

Programme Note

The words of the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis have always held a special place in my affections and in fact I set the Latin text of the Magnificat for choir and orchestra for the 1968 City of London Festival.

I was therefore particularly pleased to by asked by John Birch to write an English setting for choir and organ for the Southern Cathedrals Festival. I am currently working on a full-length opera, and was happy to take a break from such a mammoth task to set these very moving texts.

Lennox Berkeley