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The Sixteen: Choral Pilgrimage 2022

The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage is a powerful and emotional programme of English choral music. Centred around Hubert Parry’s heartfelt Songs of Farewell, the tour also explores music by Campion, Howells, and award-winning composer Cecilia McDowall.

Hubert Parry’s Songs of Farewell must surely rank among some of the finest choral works ever written. Deeply affected by the First World War, Parry sought poetry that would reflect not only peace and unity and the search for a better world, but also an escape from the horrors of war.

The poems Parry chose to set are sublime, be they metaphysical poetry by John Donne and Henry Vaughan or the aching beauty of Thomas Campion’s verse. Perfectly complementing the rich sonority of Parry’s Songs are three short pieces by Campion, a selection of medieval carols and a new work by Cecilia McDowall.


  • Parry Songs of Farewell
  • mediaeval carol Deo gracias, Anglia
  • mediaeval carol Saint Thomas honour we
  • mediaeval carol O blessed Lord
  • mediaeval carol Benedicite Deo
  • Cecilia McDowall An Unexpected Shore
  • Campion Never, weather-beaten sail
  • Campion Author of light
  • Campion Tune thy music to thy heart
  • Howells Take him, earth for cherishing
09Jun 227:30PM to 10:00PM

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Event Location

Hereford Cathedral, Hereford HR1 2NG

Organiser: Hereford Cathedral

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