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Westminster Williamson Voices performs Thomas LaVoy’s “Alleluia”

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I am proud to present James Jordan conducting Westminster Williamson Voices in a performance of my brand new “Alleluia.” This work is published on the Evoking Sound Choral Series by GIA Publications, sheet music available at….

Special thanks to James Jordan, whose incredible artistry has inspired countless individuals, myself included. His tireless dedication to choral artistry has influenced generations of musicians and composers in the United States and abroad. In 2013 Naxos will release a recording of Dr. Jordan conducting James Whitbourn’s “Annelies,” featuring Williamson Voices, soprano Arianna Zukerman and the Lincoln Trio.

Special, special thanks to Williamson Voices. You have become my second family. I am so honored to be a part of this phenomenal ensemble, and I am so blessed to have met and gotten to know each and every one of you. You have given a voice to my music that is far more beautiful than what I ever imagined, and for that I am eternally grateful. Thank you.

Video shot by Sarah Mae Lagasca
Video courtesy of Jess Hess Photography

Song for Athene – Westminster Abbey Choir

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Song for Athene, by John Tavener, Westminster Abbey Choir

“Song for Athene is another elegiac tribute, not, as one might suppose, to the mythological goddess Athene, but to a young family friend, Athene Hariades, half Greek, a talented actress who was tragically killed in a cycling accident. “Her beauty,” write Tavener, “both outward and inner, was reflected in her love of acting, poetry, music and of the Orthodox Church.” Tavener had heard Athene reading Shakespeare in Westminster Abbey and, rather as in the case of the Little Requiem, conceived the piece after her funeral, lighting on the effective ideas, so touchingly realized, of combining words from the Orthodox liturgy with lines from Hamlet. Between each is a monodic “Alleluia”, and, following the example of traditional Byzantine music, the whole piece unfolds over a continuous “ison” or drone.

Song for Athene perfectly exemplifies that inner serenity, purity and radiance which gives Tavener’s music its consolatory attraction in troubled times. ” Richard Steinitz

The song in this video was recordered at Westminster Abbey in July of 1994, as is why I chose various photographs surrounding London’s Westminster Abbey.

Song for Athene was cast heavily into the spotlight on September 6th, 1997. Millions of people, the world over, would hear this piece for the first time as the flag-draped casket of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, was carried out of Westminster Abbey, destined to its final resting place at Althorp, north of London.

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