Canadian Motet Commission
Start date: 1 November, 2016
End date: 4 February, 2017
St. Lawrence Choir's project is the creation and performance of a new a cappella, French language choral music composition for Montreal, Canada and the world, to mark the country's 150th anniversary.
Canadian composer Mark Sirett will write the work for mixed voice choir and children's choir. The first performance will take place at the concert "My Soul, there is a country" on February 4th 2017 with St. Lawrence Choir, Philippe Bourque (dir.) and the EMSB children's choir at the church of Saint-Pierre Apôtre in Montreal.
By including the participation of a youth choir (EMSB) in this project, the SLC continues to support and promote the continuity and vitality of Montreal's musical community.
The concert title is taken from 'Peace', a poem by Henry Vaughan, which will be performed in a setting by Canadian composer Alan Bevan. The concert theme is the 'Canadian motet' and includes music from across the country going back to a time when the Jesuits began living amongst the First Nations.
The work itself will be inscribed with the text 'Commissioned by SLC for Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations with financial assistance from FGM' (or similar). Once published the work will always carry this wording and will fly the flag for Canada with choirs around the world.
2016-17 is St. Lawrence Choir's 45th anniversary season.
Nature of the Project Reach
The new work commissioned will be available nationwide for other choirs and will remain part of the Canadian Motet repertoire
Championing and presenting Canadian music.
Premiering new works.
Collaboration with the community including a children's choir.
Arts and culture.
- Reach: National
- Theme(s): Arts & Culture
- Region(s): Quebec
- Website: http://www.choeur.qc.ca/my-soul-there-is-a-country/