First Woman Composer in SDG Psalms Project

Roxanna Panufnik  

Soli Deo Gloria is delighted to announce the world premiere of Love Endureth by British composer Roxanna Panufnik. Commissioned by SDG for the Psalms Project, this setting of Psalm 136 (135) uses two fragments of Spanish Sephardic chants and, halfway through the piece, substitutes the Hebrew equilvant for the English response "For forever His Mercy": Ki L'oalm chasdo. The strong Jewish flavor carriers over into the music, written for a cappella double choir.









Psalm 136 (135)

Praise the Lord, for his good: for His steadfast love endureth forever. Praise ye the God of gods: for His steadfast love endureth forever. Praise ye the Lord of lords: for His steadfast love endureth forever. Who alon doth great wonders: for His steadfast love endureth forever.

Who made the heavens in understanding: for His steadfast love endureth forever. Who established the earth above the waters: for His steadfast love endureth forever. Who made the great lights: for His steadfast love endureth forever. The sun tho rule over the day: for His steadfast love endureth forever. The moon and the stars to rule the night: for His steadfast love endurth forever.

Ki L'olam chasdo, Ki L'olam chasdo ("for forever His mercy")

Roxanna Panufnik is a popular and beloved UK composer. Since studying composition at London's Royal Academy of Music, she has written a wide range of pieces, including opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, chamber compositions and music for film and television. Among her most widely performed works are Westminster Mass, commissioned for Westminster Cathedral Choir on the occasion of Cardinal Hume's 75th birthday; The Music Programme, an opera for Polish National Opera's millennium season, which received its UK premiere at the BOC Covent Garden Festival; and settings for solo voices and orchestra of Vikram Seth's Beastly Tales, the first of which was commissioned by the BBC for Patricia Rozario and City of London Sinfonia.

Other recent compositions include  her critically acclaimed harp concerto Powers & Dominions; Letters from Burma for oboist Douglas Boyd and the Vellinger String Quartet: Leda, a ballet for English National Ballet and Wratislavia Cantans; and Abraham, a violin concerto commissioned by Savannah Music Festival for Daniel Hope, incorporating Christian, Islamic and Jewish music. This last work was converted into an overture, commissioned by the World Orchestra for Peace and premiered in Jerusalem under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Panufnik's compositions are distributed by many companies, including Warner Classics and EMI Classics.

Recent and upcoming prmieres include work with such artists as the Tasmin Little and London Mozart Players; Chanticleer; bassoonist Julie Price with the Wihan String Quartet, Kevin Kenner and the Szymanowski String Quartet; and an oratorio, in Latin and Estonian, for the Tallinn Philharmonic Orchestra, youth choirs Elite of Tallinn, Patricia Rozario, conducted by Mihaail Gerts.

Roxanna Panufnik has also been appointed inaugural Associate Composer with the London Mozart Players, 2012 - 2015. This will involve a major restrospective of her orchestral works and further commissions during her tenure.

  Westminster Cathedral Tower & St. Edward's Bell 



"...her music owes nothing to modish fads. Again and again she has the courage of simple integrity, interweaving her very direct emotionality with elegant harmonies."—Wiener Zeitung(Vienna)


"...a gifted young composer with a fast-growing reputation for heart, spunk and individuality ....distinctive in voice, serious, bold and appealing."—Fiona Maddocks, The Observer










Westminster Cathedral Choir

The premiere of Panufnik's Choral work Love Endureth will be performed by the Westminster Cathedral Choir under the direction of Martin Baker at the Westminster Cathedral Vespers service on Sunday, May 13, 2012. the Westminster Cathedral Choir is acclaimed as one of the world's great choirs. Since its foundation in 1903 it has occupied a unique and enviable position at the forefront of English church music. The choir has a history of commissioning and performing new music, and is featured regularly on radio and television. In addition to regular concerts around the UK, recent tours have included Hungary, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Italy and the USA. The Westminster Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Westminster and the largest Roman Catholic church in England and Wales.







Sunday, 13th May 2012

15:30 Solemn Vespers & Benediction

Westminster Cathedral

42 Francis Street

London SW1P 1QW