The quantity and

quality of Music

at Clare seems

in retrospect almost


Stephen Farr, organist, former Organ Scholar (1984-87)
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John Tavener - Ex Maria Virgine

Original release date: 2008

Admired for the sheer beauty of his meditative and mystical music, John Tavener writes of his Ex Maria Virgine, which was dedicated to HRH the Prince of Wales and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall in joyful celebration of their marriage: 'I have set both familiar and less wellknown texts, and linked them with an expanding and contracting phrase 'Ex Maria Virgine'. This refers to Mary the Mother of God - 'The Eternal Feminine' - and should be sung with great radiance and femininity.' The other, mainly unaccompanied, works reveal Tavener's response to various poetic texts that also praise the Virgin Mary.


'Clare showed their wonderful full range of sounds, from intimate piano passages to joyous proclomation of praise...'  - Varsity


The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

James McVinnie | Organ
Timothy Brown | Director

Ex Maria Virgine

Choral Works by Sir John Tavener

  • Birthday Sleep (Text: Vernon Watkins)
  • O, Do Not Move (Text: George Seferis)
  • A Nativity (Text: W.B. Yeats)
  • Marienhymne (Text: Frithjof Schuon)
  • O Thou Gentle Light (Text from the Orthodox Liturgy)
  • Angels (Text: Keith Walker)