African Sanctus

“I love the world!” proclaimed David Fanshawe: composer, explorer, and creator of African Sanctus: the genre-busting masterpiece that fuses western choral music with the musical traditions of East Africa.

The Boundstone Chorus will perform African Sanctus on Saturday 25 June, 7.30 pm at St Michael and All Angels Church, South Street, Lancing.

Aedan Kerney, Musical Director said “African Sanctus is an unorthodox setting of the Latin Mass, it blends beautiful choral writing with unique and rare recordings of traditional African music collected by the composer himself on legendary journeys taken on the River Nile between 1969 and 1973. This recorded music is woven into the live performance which also includes the choir, soprano soloist, percussion ensemble and instrumentalists.

“‘African Sanctus’ is a universal work whose impact is immediate, whose message is simple. The driving force is one of praise and a firm belief in one music — one God. It informs both listener and performer about African music and its relationship to Western polyphony and captures the eternal and spiritual soul of music. It is an event, a celebration of power and energy, both visual, aural and multi-cultural, which has been performed live all over the world.

“It’s a shout of joy – a song of friendship, inclusion, and the life-affirming power of music.”

Joining the choir will be soprano soloist Cheryl Enever and a specially formed band of guitarists, percussionists and pianist.

Tickets are £10 (Under 16 £3) available from the choir’s website, email or telephone 01903 762793.


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