Fri, September 01, 2017 - 11:00 AM

150 Psalms VII: Leadership


The Utrecht Early Music Festival is a ten-day festival held every year in the centre of Utrecht, The Netherlands.  The festival boasts over 150 concerts – mostly set against historic inner-city locations – as well as numerous other activities such as summer school lectures, an early music market, and a symposium by the STIMU Foundation for Historical Performance Practice.

Nederlands Kamerkoor, initiator of 150 Psalms project, invited three of the world’s best vocal ensembles to join them in this project for the Utrecht Festival: The Tallis Scholars, Det Norske Solistkor and the The Choir of Trinity Wall Street (under the direction of Julian Wachner). Together they will perform 12 concerts featuring all 150 Psalms, each set by a different composer: from Josquin to Rossi and from Gretchaninov to Schumann. Contemporary composers have also composed psalm settings especially for this project, including American composer David Lang and Lebanese composer Zad Moultaka.  Lectures, debates, workshops and an interactive exhibition together form a peripheral program that aims to place the Psalms at the centre of current affairs. An undoubted highlight of each day will be provided by lectures from Michael Ignatieff and Tom Holland, who will reflect on the major themes from the Psalms, as seen from the perspective of their field.

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street will present this concert on the theme of leadership.  The name which appears most often in the Bible is 'David,'  Innumerable episodes recount his experiences as king, warrior, hero, prophet, musician, and author of psalms.  Rendering justice, helping and protecting the poor, the orphan and the widow: these values are explored in psalm settings by Thomas Arne, Michael Praetorius, Giaches de Wert, William Boyce and James MacMillan.



Vredenburgkade 11, 3511 WC Utrecht, The Netherlands


Featured Recordings

  • Anthracite Fields
  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Elena Ruehr: Averno
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Complete Motets
  • Julian Wachner: Symphony No. 1
  • Israel In Egypt
  • Missa Gentis Humanae

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