At First Light, Word
Commotio, the choir co-founded and conducted by Matthew Berry (1995, Music), have released a new CD of music by Francis Pott. At First Light, Word is a celebration of two major pieces: At First Light is for choir and cello and Word is for choir and organ.
At First Light is a memorial work with a series of slow meditations around an exuberant motet, with instrumental commentary from a lamenting cello. Word uses texts by Welsh priest and poet R.S. Thomas to explore Gospel contemplation today.
Matthew was Organ Scholar and then Assistant Organist at Univ. After conducting The Oxford Chamber Choir for two years as a student, he founded Commotio in 1999. After finishing his degree, he studied post-graduate choral direction with Patrick Russill for two years at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
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