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The Temptations of Christ
soloists, SATB chorus, children's choir, percussion, organ
2014 - 2015

The Temptations of Christ was commissioned by Illuminare choir and first performed on 4 March 2017 in Holy Trinity, Sloane Square by Illuminare choir and soloists conducted by Christopher Stark.

This 45-minute cantata follows the temptations of Christ in the wilderness by the Devil. It takes words from Matthew 4: 1-11, John Milton's Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained as well as poems by Wilfred Owen (1893-1918), Sean O'Brien (1952-present) and Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967). 

In 2017, The Temptations of Christ was nominated for a BASCA British Composer Award in the choral category.

YEAR

2014 - 2015

COMMISSIONER

Jeremy Cole, Illuminare choir

DURATION

45 minutes

INSTRUMENTATION

Jesus - baritone
Satan - tenor
Soprano soloists (two)
Alto/mezzo-soprano solo
Tenor solo
Baritone solo
SATB choir – children's choir – perc. (1): tub. bells – organ

PREMIERE

Holy Trinity, Sloane Square, 4 March 2017

​Illuminare choir, Recital choir of St Paul’s Juniors (directed by Philip Berg)


Christopher Stark - conductor
Jeremy Cole - organist
George Barton - tubular bells
Laurence Williams - Jesus
Hiroshi Amako - Satan
Rachel Ambrose Evans - soprano 1
Hilary Cronin - soprano 2
Helen Charlston - mezzo-soprano
Alexander Gebhard - tenor
Michael Craddock - baritone

NOMINEE for 2017 BASCA BRITISH COMPOSER AWARD

Choral category

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