O Sacrum Convivium (2012)
fp. 03 November 2013; King’s College Chapel Choir, David Smith, King’s College, Aberdeen, UK
A recording of this work is available on Vox Regis Records (VXR001) and can be bought here.
O Sacrum Convivium is a setting of the famous text of St Thomas Aquinas expressing the profound mysteries of the Eucharistic miracle. It is designed as a companion piece to my previous setting of Aquinas, O Salutaris Hostia (2008) and treads similar ground both aesthetically and harmonically. Akin to many settings of this text, the general tone is one of serenity and repose but my setting has more ‘grit’ then others suggesting the ‘memory of his Passion’ to be more disturbing than others may suggest.