SDG Psalms Project

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Soli Deo Gloria’s Psalms Project, made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., is rapidly expanding. Launched as a three-year pilot project to create a collection of fifteen contemporary choral works by the world’s foremost composers, the Psalms Project catalog now includes seven works, with two additional world premieres taking place in May 2013.






Bless the Lord, o my soul  is an a cappella choral work based on Psalm 103 by Russian-born Galina Grigorjeva.

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  Galina Grigorjeva

“Bless the Lord, o my soul;
and all that is within me, bless his holy name.”


Grigorjeva’s music is linked to Slavonic sacred music, as well as early European polyphony, and reflects Eastern Orthodox church music. To hear a sample of her music, listen to “Lord, Have Mercy” and other clips from her five-movement choral piece On Leaving.






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John Metcalf  

Laudate, by Welsh composer John Metcalf, is an cappella choral work based on Psalm 150.

“Praise God in his sanctuary:
praise him in the firmament of his power.”

Metcalf has composed major works in many musical forms, including six operas, as well as a series of orchestral and chamber works. He is currently working on a seventh opera based on Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood. To hear a sample of his work, listen to “Benedictus,” “Ave Maria,” and “Hosanna” from his Plain Chants.

Both choral works will be premiered at the 2013 Vale of Glamorgan Festival on Thursday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. in St. Augustine’s Church, Penarth, Wales.

Since its founding in 1969 by Artistic Director John Metcalf, the Vale of Glamorgan Festivalhas become known for its artistic vision and international outlook, featuring only the work of living composers and focusing on their recent music. The 2013 Festival runs from Thursday May 9 to Saturday May 18.

  Vox Clamantis

The Thursday May 16 concert will be presented by the Estonian choral group

Vox Clamantis, conducted by Jaan-Eik Tulve. The singers of Vox Clamantis share a common interest in the Gregorian chant, and they perform both early polyphony and contemporary music, as well as music written specially for their group by such composers as Arvo Pärt.

Prior to the concert, Soli Deo Gloria’s Psalms Project Director, Peter Bannister, will speak with both Metcalf and Grigorjeva in a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. in St. Augustine’s Church Hall.




Vale of Glamorgan Festival  


  Thursday 16 May, 7.30 p.m.
  St Augustine’s Church
  Albert Road
  Penarth, Wales