The Festival of the Hours celebrates sacred music in liturgy, presenting each “Hour” of the Anglican cycle of worship—Matins, Eucharist, Evensong, and Compline—in four full days of services. The Festival choirs are open by invitation and audition.
For our second Festival in 2016, we welcome renowned choral conductor Edward Higginbottom, emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, U.K., to direct the Men and Boys Choir, and Ruben Valenzuela of Bach Collegium San Diego to conduct the mixed-voice Collegium. Sven Edward Olbash will conduct the male Schola Cantorum, and Kerry McCarthy the treble Schola Alta. Our Festival organist is Kirk Michael Rich.
An organ recital will be given on Saturday afternoon, July 30, by Bruce Neswick, Canon for Cathedral Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon. In addition, a series of afternoon lectures will be delivered by visiting conductors.
As in 2014, the repertoire is drawn from a variety of time periods and genres, including a number of new compositions and arrangements, with the intention of remaining broadly within the tradition of Anglican church music. Over the course of the day’s liturgies on Saturday, July 30, we will present all movements of the Second Service of John Sheppard (c. 1515–1558) as part of our multi-year project to perform the full cycle of extant English great services.