Kelly, Bryan: Canterbury Responses
Preces, Responses and the Lord’s Prayer for unaccompanied high voices.
Dedicated to ‘David Flood and the choristers of Canterbury Cathedral’, and first performed there in the summer of 2003, Bryan Kelly’s Canterbury Responses take a fresh look at the Preces, Responses and Lord’s Prayer from the Anglican service of Evensong and clothe them in bright, contemporary tonal music that also respects the hallowed traditions of these much-loved texts.
The choral writing, challenging yet practical, and well within the range of competent parish choirs, is in two or three parts, and is equally suited to choirs of boys’ voices and to mixed male and female high-voice ensembles. Simple yet strongly rhythmical imitation between the voices is used to dramatic effect, while several quietly reflective sections complement the predominantly joyful tone of the settings.