23rd February 2022 – 7.30pm

St Sophia’s Cathedral

Moscow Rd, Bayswater, London W2 4LQ

nearest tube Queensway on the Central Line

Ave Maris Stella

St Sophia’s Cathedral


Canticum returns to St. Sophia’s, the magnificent Greek Orthodox cathedral in Bayswater, after a gap of just over three years. Last time the programme was built round Victoria’s Missa Salve Regina, interspersed with pieces by John Tavener and Arvo Pärt.

This time the core work is another Renaissance masterpiece, Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli. Each section of the Mass, the most famous of more than 100 that he wrote, will be flanked by Marian motets from the 19th and 20th centuries, from Anton Brucker to Franz Biebl.

This will be an evening of glorious sound in the grand acoustic of a building noted for its intricate marble mosaics. A feast for ear and eye.

Stravinsky Ave Maria
Grieg Ave Maris Stella
Tchaikovsky A Hymn to the Virgin
Panufnik Song to the Virgin


Britten A Hymn to the Virgin
Sanctus & Benedictus
Duruflé Tota Pulchra es
Biebl Ave Maria
Agnus I
Poulenc Salve Regina
Agnus II
Bruckner Ave Maria



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