Vidi Speciosam: Sacred Choral Music Bevan Family Consort & Graham Ross

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Label: Signum Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Choral

Artist: Bevan Family Consort & Graham Ross

Composer: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594), Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611), Alonso Lobo (1555-1617), Thomas Tallis (1505-1585), Robert Parsons (1530-1572), Giovanni Croce (1557-1609), Fernando de las Infantas (1534-1610), David Bevan (1951), Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

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  • Anonymous: O Lux Beata Caelitum:
  • 1Anonymous: O Lux Beata Caelitum03:39
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 - 1594): Sicut Cervus:
  • 2Palestrina: Sicut Cervus05:34
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 - 1611): Missa Vidi Speciosam:
  • 3Victoria: Missa Vidi Speciosam: I. Kyrie01:46
  • 4Victoria: Missa Vidi Speciosam: II. Gloria03:41
  • 5Victoria: Missa Vidi Speciosam: III. Credo06:21
  • 6Victoria: Missa Vidi Speciosam: IV. Sanctus03:24
  • 7Victoria: Missa Vidi Speciosam: V. Agnus Dei03:03
  • Alonso Lobo (1555 - 1617): Versa est in Luctum:
  • 8Lobo: Versa est in Luctum04:20
  • Thomas Tallis (1505 - 1585): O Sacrum Convivium:
  • 9Tallis: O Sacrum Convivium03:30
  • Robert Parsons (1535 - 1572): Credo Quod Redemptor:
  • 10Parsons: Credo Quod Redemptor02:46
  • Giovanni Croce (1557 - 1609): In Spiritu Humilitatis:
  • 11Croce: In Spiritu Humilitatis04:32
  • Fernando de las Infantas (1534 - 1610): Dignare Me Laudare Te:
  • 12Infantas: Dignare Me Laudare Te03:10
  • Anonymous: Ave Maria:
  • 13Anonymous: Ave Maria02:09
  • David Bevan (1951 - 2021): Magnificat Septimi Toni:
  • 14Bevan: Magnificat Septimi Toni05:13
  • Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934): Nunc Dimittis:
  • 15Holst: Nunc Dimittis03:08
  • Ave Maria, Op. 9b:
  • 16Holst: Ave Maria, Op. 9b04:20
  • Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 - 1924): Beati Quorum Via:
  • 17Stanford: Beati Quorum Via03:23
  • Total Runtime01:03:59

Info for Vidi Speciosam: Sacred Choral Music

Musicality runs deep with the Bevans, now known as the Bevan Family Consort. Roger Bevan started the original Bevan Family Choir in the 1970s, and with it, a musical phenomenon.

Soprano Mary Bevan writes: "In 1975, the original Bevan Family Choir released their debut album on vinyl, featuring an eclectic programme of sacred choral works, Welsh folk songs, and piano music. The Choir consisted of 11 of the 14 Bevan siblings and was conducted by their father, Roger. Later on the Choir was taken over by the second eldest son, David, who was to go on to become Assistant Director of Music at Westminster Cathedral."

"The musical tradition continued to flourish within the family until, in 2013, some of the second generation of cousins decided to create their own version of the family choir, naming themselves the Bevan Family Consort so as to distinguish them from their parents’ generation. The Consort has since ranged in size from 15-22 of the 53 first cousins. To honour David and the influence he had over us all as musicians, this album consists of music that was introduced to us by him during his years at the Holy Redeemer Church and that have since become beloved by us as a choir. "

The Bevan Family Consort
Graham Ross, conductor

Graham Ross
has established an exceptional reputation as a sought-after conductor and composer of a very broad range of repertoire. He is co-founder and Principal Conductor of The Dmitri Ensemble and Director of Music and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, with whom his performances around the world and his extensive discography have earned consistently high praise. In demand as a regular guest conductor of other ensembles in the UK and abroad, recent collaborations have included London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC Singers, BBC Concert Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Purcell School, and Australian Chamber Orchestra. Highlights in the 2022/23 season include return engagements to BBC Singers, London Mozart Players, Aalborg Symfoniorkester, DR Vokal Ensemblet, and Salomon Orchestra, and debuts with Music in the Round, Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra, Tallis Vocalis in Hong Kong, and concerts with the Choir of Clare College across the UK and overseas in Denmark, the Netherlands, and the USA.

At the age of 25 he made his BBC Proms and Glyndebourne debuts, with other opera work taking him to Jerusalem, London, Aldeburgh and Provence. He has conducted and recorded world premières of a wide spectrum of composers, including James MacMillan, Judith Bingham, Giles Swayne, Vaughan Williams, Imogen Holst, Nico Muhly, Brett Dean, Lydia Kakabadse and Matthew Martin. He has conducted more than twenty albums and since 2011 he has recorded exclusively for Harmonia Mundi, including a highly-acclaimed series of music for the church year. His latest album Ice Land: The Eternal Music was released in 2022.

As a composer commissions have included BBC Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, O Duo, Park Lane Group, Wigmore Hall and the Solstice Quartet. As an animateur and through outreach work he has conducted projects in Tower Hamlets, Wigmore Hall, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and overseas in Nigeria, Palestine, across Europe and the USA. He is founder and Artistic Director of Singers Abroad, running annual courses for singers of all ages, and a Trustee and Patron of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music. He is a regular contibutor on BBC Radio, including as a recent guest presenter of Inside Music. In 2021 he was made an Honorary Fellow the University of Macau, where he was presented with a Half Moon Award for the Arts in 2019.

He studied music at Clare College, Cambridge and conducting at the Royal College of Music, London. He held a conducting scholarship with the London Symphony Chorus, has served as assistant conductor for Vladimir Juroswki, Diego Masson, Sir Roger Norrington and Nicholas Collon, and acted as Chorus Master for Sir Colin Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Ivor Bolton, Edward Gardner, Richard Tognetti and Lars Ulrik Mortensen.

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