Eja Mater is a prayer for comfort to all parents who have lost their own child, but also expresses love from parents to their children. Originally written for choir and orchestra as part of Kim André Arnesen’s Stabat Mater, this stand-alone version, adapted for a cappella choir, has a symphonic feel. This heartfelt and ethereal setting has a persistent flow throughout, with melodic lines effortlessly passing between voices. Breath marks and rests are carefully notated for this reason, and this also enables the piece to be sung by only eight voices, though it is equally appropriate for larger choirs accustomed to singing in eight parts.
Diverse in terms of theme and mood, with works suitable for a variety of festive and commemorative occasions, both sacred and secular, this series provides an exciting collection of contemporary works for choirs of all types, voicings and abilities.
Spanning many different styles including the jazz-influenced world of Will Todd’s Jazz Carols and Iain Farrington’s The Blues Service, the tranquil beauty of James MacMillan’s Ave Maris Stella, and the energetic jubilation of Gareth Treseder’s Blessed be that Maid Marie, the series provides a wealth of new music, perfect for choirs looking to expand their horizons and explore new repertoire.