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Herbert Howells: A Celebration – Norwich Cathedral

November 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

BBC Singers

Ashley Grote – Organ

Nicholas Chalmers – Conductor

Ed Balls – Presenter/Conductor

“From the earth another song shall rise / to meet your own in Heaven’s long delight”.

On the surface, Herbert Howells was the most English of composers; the Gloucestershire lad whose choral psalms and anthems have become part of the very fabric of British choral life.

But still waters run deep, and tonight another great British choral institution – the BBC Singers, accompanied by Norwich Cathedral’s own Master of Music Ashley Grote – join conductor Nicholas Chalmers and presenter Ed Balls to uncover the creative personality behind that serene exterior.

An evening of words and music revealing the full depth, power and playfulness of this much-loved – but still undervalued – British genius.

Howells – God is gone up
Howells – The House of the Mind
Howells – Master Tallis’s Testament (organ solo)
Howells – Psalm 23 from Requiem
Howells – Magnificat from Gloucester Service
Howells – Salve Regina
Howells – A Hymn for St Cecilia
Howells – Behold, O God our defender (Coronation 1953, completed 1952)
Howells – Nunc Dimittis from Gloucester Service
Howells – Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing
Howells – Psalm Prelude Set 2 no. 3 (organ solo)
Howells – A Grace for 10 Downing Street
Howells – Te Deum (Collegium Regale)

The concert will end at approximately 9pm, with an interval of 20 minutes.

The performance will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Tickets cost £15-£25. To book, click the button below or call 0333 666 3366.

Location: The Nave

Ed Balls picture credit: Nicky Johnson


November 16, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Norwich Cathedral
The Close
Norwich, Norfolk NR1 4EH United Kingdom
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