Howells ‘Hymnus Paradisi’

7:30 pm, Thu 7 March 2024

St James’s, Piccadilly

Hymnus paradisi was composed under heart-breaking circumstances following the death of the composer’s son, Michael, aged nine. As Howells later wrote: ‘The sudden loss of an only son … might impel a composer … to seek release and consolation in a language and terms most personal to him. Music may well have power … to offer that release and comfort. It did so in my case.’ Throughout this deeply moving work, in which the human tragedy of a boy’s death and a father’s grief are enshrined, Howells’ command of choral and orchestral polyphony is masterly.

Getting there

St James’s
197 Piccadilly

Ronald Corp – Conductor

New London Orchestra