Early in Fall 1997, I visited with Simon Carrington about my hopes to conduct Herbert Howells’ Requiem as my second doctoral recital.
We set the date for April 1998.
My mother died just four weeks prior to that concert date. The performance of the Requiem became a very personal one.
On that same concert, I also conducted Howells’ Collegium Regale Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. From that April performance, here’s the Magnificat, sung by the University of Kansas Chamber Choir at First Presbyterian Church of Lawrence. Doug O’Neill is at the organ.
This work, by the way, is the first HH piece I ever heard or learned. This is the piece that led me to make the study of Howells’ music a very significant piece of my life’s work.