Music for Eastertide

Music for Eastertide

In ‘Music for Eastertide’ Matthew Ward introduces songs and instrumental works from over a thousand years of music celebrating the most important date in the Church’s year. From dramatic re-imaginings of the Easter events to music for the liturgies of the season, this series will explore music both well-loved and unfamiliar. In the Easter Octave the programmes will focus on the first events of Easter: Jesus’ resurrection and his first apparitions. After this, programmes will focus on various aspects of Eastertide, including a programme on settings of the word ‘Alleluia’ and one on Easter Marian music, culminating in programmes of music for Ascension and Pentecost. Join Matthew in a journey of musical exploration which will not fail to lift your spirits and deepen your experience of Easter joy this year.


Broadcast:  Sunday at 2am and 9pm, Monday at 2pm, Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 5pm

Rosary in Music, Matthew WardDr Matthew Ward is Director of Music at Mayfield School and a director of various choirs including the Stonegate Choir and the Schola Corneliae as well as being a regional director of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge. He has previously taught at the University of Cambridge and at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. In demand as a speaker on topics in Medieval music and music and theology, Matthew regularly runs workshops on Latin chant around the UK. He has published on the music of Sir James MacMillan, and is producing an edition of twelfth-century chant from St Albans Abbey for the Early English Church Music series.

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  1. Music attempting to imagine the events of the Resurrection, from the trembling earth to Mary Magdalene’s encounter with the angels and then with Jesus. Music includes J.S. Bach’s Easter Oratorio, ‘Terra tremuit’ by Daniel Roth, Cozzolani’s ‘Ave mater dilectissima’, Sofia Gubaidulina’s ‘St John Easter’, the motet “Congratulamini mihi” from Thomas Crecquillon and Vaughan-Williams, “I got me flowers”.  Text to accompany the episode can be found  – Week 1 Texts
  2. Music relating to two more encounters with the risen Lord: that of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, and that of Thomas in the upper room, both transformative experiences for the apostles. Music includes, Sister Leonora’s ‘Haec dies’, Charpentier’s ‘Victimae Paschali laudes’, Rubbra’s ninth symphony, ‘Conversation Piece’, Michael Haydn’s ‘Hallelujah In die Resurrectionis meae’, a performance from the Marcel Peres and the Ensemble Organum, Morales’ motet ‘Dominus meus’ and ‘Resurrexit’ from Franz Liszt’s Oratorio Christus.  Text to accompany the episode can be found  – Week 2 Texts

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