The Spirit of the Lord is upon me

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me - sampleThis anthem was commissioned by St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham to accompany the Procession of Oils during the Chrism Mass on 23 March 2016, a service presided over by the Bishop of Nottingham.

It was designed to be sung by a joint Diocesan Choir and the Cathedral’s Choral Scholars. It is written for SATB choir (without divisions and incorporating substantial unison and two-part passages) and organ.

The text is adapted from Luke 4:18-19 and Ps.23. The overall mood is reflective, punctuated by moments of exhilaration which culminate in the setting of ‘He hath anointed me to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour’:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he hath anointed me.
He hath anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom to prisoners. 
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he hath anointed me.
He hath anointed me to proclaim recovery of sight to the blind, to set the oppressed free. 
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he hath anointed me.
He hath anointed me to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour. 
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he hath anointed me.
Thou hast prepared a table before me, against them that trouble me. Thou hast anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full.

A recording of the first performance can be heard here, conducted by Alex Patterson and with Robert Gower playing the organ.

 

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This work is published by Chromata Music as an 8pp Octavo booklet (272x190mm), printed by Halstan UK on good quality music stock.

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