Bury St Edmunds choir to give US motet its UK debut

Kirbye Voices ANL-160314-160057001
Kirbye Voices ANL-160314-160057001

Kirbye Voices, the Bury-based chamber choir is singing the first UK performance of a motet by the American composer John Muehleisen in Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford on Good Friday, March 25. 

The short piece is called O Vos Omnes, described by the composer as musical portrait of the scene at The Crucifixion, and it forms part of a programme of Music for Passiontide beginning at 2pm.

The centrepiece of the programme is a setting of The Seven Last Words from the Cross by the 17th century German composer Heinrich Schutz.

The programme also includes music by Henry Purcell, Antonio Lotti and Thomas Tomkins. 

There are no tickets, but there will be a retiring collection.

Kirbye Voices is an established choir of around 30 voices which specialises in unaccompanied choral music of all periods, both sacred and secular. It is named after the composer George Kirbye, who lived and worked in Bury St Edmunds.