Commissioned by Help Musicians in its Centenary year. First performed by the choirs of St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Cathedral conducted by Andrew Carwood at the Festival of St Cecilia, St Paul's Cathedral, London, on 17 November 2021.
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In setting Christina Rossetti's words about singers keeping silent until it is time to sing again, loudly and with passion (she was originally referring to the biblical Battle of Jericho), I wish to commemorate the period beginning in March 2020 when choral singing was proscribed during the Coronavirus pandemic. I also want to honour the many charitable and professional organisations caring for the needs of musicians, amongst them Help Musicians, whose centenary we celebrate in 2021.
Programme note by Judith Weir