Nigel Hess's growing reputation as a choral composer will be further enhanced when the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Youth Chorus give the premiere of a newly-commissioned choral/orchestral version of his invigorating Benedictus.
It's taking place in Symphony Hall, Birmingham on 22 and 23 December, part of "The CBSO's Great Big Choral Christmas", under the baton of CBSO Chorus Director, Simon Halsey. The original upper voices/piano version of the 4-minute Benedictus is now available on sale, as part of the Faber Choral Signature Series.
The original version of Benedictus was commissioned and premiered by Hess's alma mater, St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and was recently recorded by them with their Music Director, Edward Wickham. Hear an extract here.