On Sunday, May 6, at 4 pm, the First Church Choir, brass, harp, and organ present a choral concert featuring the ancient church hymn Te Deum laudamus. Music of Benjamin Britten (Te Deum in C, Festival Te Deum), Jean Langlais (Hymne d’Action de Grâce: Te Deum), John Rutter (Festival Te Deum), and Ēriks Ešenvalds (Trinity Te Deum) will be performed. Preceding the 45-minute concert, the Choir will sing Choral Evensong featuring the music of Kevin Jones and Ešenvalds.
Te Deum Laudamus (We Praise You, O God) is an early church hymn that dates from the 5th century. It is a hymn sung at public festivals of rejoicing, and is attributed to Nicetas, bishop of Remesiana in the early 5th century. It roughly follows the outline of The Apostles’ Creed, and is still in use today. Unlike most hymns, the text is prosaic, not poetic.
The Choir is in preparation for its July 2018 residencies at both Norwich and Lincoln Cathedrals, U.K. They will sing Choral Evensong throughout the week, first for two days at Norwich, then for 7 days at Lincoln.