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Doors open 7pm; entry via South  Door. 
Interval at c.8.15pm-8.30pm, finish at 9.30pm
Adults £15  Concessions £10   Students  £5

The Ebor Singers

Saturday 12 October 2019 at 7.30pm in the Chapter House, York Minster by candlelight

Northern Lights: Baltic choral music by Esenwalds, Tormis and Gjeilo

Dusk Dongs – Kerry Andrew

Science tells us the aurora borealis, a shimmering display of colored light splashed across the night sky, is caused by highly charged electrons sliding back to a lower-energy state, releasing photons in the process.  Of course, earlier explanations were rich in mythic poetry, some seeing it as threatening, others as benign. Latvian folklore, for example, tells that the northern lights are the restless spirits of fallen warriors, still fighting their battles in the sky. In ancient Finnish stories, the lights — “fox fires” — result from a magical fox sweeping its tail across the snow, sending sparks into the skies.

There is a rich history in terms of choral music, and the contemporary compositions being written now, especially in the Baltics, are really compelling. The Ebor Singers explore this rich repertoire, including three very different pieces entitled ‘Northern Lights’, by Veljo Tormis, Erik Esenwalds and Ola Gjeilo.  Alongside this, The Ebor Singers perform Dusk Songs, a contemporary setting of the ancient service of Compline, composed by Kerry Andrew for The Ebor Singers. The choir’s recording of the work has been described as ‘a captivating, enthralling journey which delves deeply into the rich and broad heritage of sacred choral music’, and Andrew draws on a variety of vocal styles and techniques to mesmerising affect.


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