The music of Herbert Howells features regulalry on the normal music lists at Christ Church Cathedral. In the same way that the music of his teacher and mentor, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, had defined the nineteenth-century ecclesiastical soundscape, so too did that of Howells, arguably, for the twentieth century. Despite having little to no faith of his own, the composer, nevertheless, clearly felt a strong pull towards sacred music as a means of processing the complexities of human emotions experienced by us all. Here, our Director of Music, Dr Jonathan White, explores the composer’s relationship with one of the most iconic Christian texts – Psalm 23. The episode concludes with a full performance of his Psalm Prelude No. 3, Set 1, which is based on verses from this psalm. This video is also available separately for those of you who wish to enjoy the music on its own. Don’t forget to follow our website and Facebook pages for all our musical updates.
You can also listen to the Psalm Prelude as a stand alone video: