Diana Burrell, the internationally renowned composer, has completed a new Missa Brevis for Brentwood Cathedral Choir. The first performance will be on Sunday 18th June at teh 11.30am Choral Mass at the Cathedral in the presence of the composer, with a number of specially invited guests in attendance and we warmly invite you all to come to this special occasion for the Diocese, for the Cathedral and for the choir.

Two years ago, it was decided that the Cathedral Choir would commission anew work as its contribution to the Centenary, and so introduce a major new Choral Mass setting to add to the many established and contemporary settings in Latin in the cathedral choral repertoire. The Mass also includes choral settings of the Memorial Acclamations for The Roman Missal and for Common Worship. Andrew Wright, Master of Music, said “We are confident that the new Mass setting will be sung in many cathedrals and major churches. As Brentwood Cathedral Choir has been very privileged to be involved ecumenically through its work in church music over the years, and especially with Chelmsford Cathedral Choir, it was very much intended to commission a work that could be used as widely as possible.”

This is the largest music commission placed by the cathedral. We are deeply grateful to all our sponsors, and to Stephen King, Cathedral Organist, for his initiative in bringing this whole project to fruition.

Diana Burrell lives in Harwich, and is a parishioner at the church of Our Lady, Queen of Heaven. She has composed works for King’s College Choir, Cambridge, and most recently a Concerto for brass and orchestra, given its first performance last November by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican.

In the previous edition of Brentwood News, we apologise that this very special event for the Diocesan Centenary was inadvertently omitted from the published list of events.

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