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ONLINE CONCERT: Ex Cathedra celebrate 70th Birthday of founder Jeffrey Skidmore OBE with a series of events

ONLINE CONCERT:  Ex Cathedra celebrate 70th Birthday of founder Jeffrey Skidmore OBE with a series of events

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Jeffrey Skidmore OBE turns 70 this month, to celebrate, Ex Cathedra are hosting 2 concerts, available to stream from this weekend!

Jeffrey has built a reputation as one of the UK’s leading choral directors and an ardent advocate of the importance of singing in people’s lives. His achievements span founding and developing Ex Cathedra, with whom he has given trailblazing performances of early music, conducted world premieres by both well-established composers and new young talent, pioneered research in neglected choral works and championed music education and music for wellbeing.

Ex Cathedra will release a free online audio visual spectacular Ex Cathedra: Around the World on Saturday 27 February, 7.30pm.

The BBC Radio 3 Early Music Show will include an extended feature and interview with Jeffrey on Sunday 28 February.

And, supported by Birmingham City Council, Jeffrey will record Baroque Passion with Ex Cathedra, released via the Idagio Global Concert Hall on Sunday 12 March. 

Ex Cathedra: Around the World is a free, 40-minute online concert celebrating Jeffrey’s varied interests, his research trips, and the many journeys in music he has conducted with Ex Cathedra. The concert starts in 1960s America, a life-changing decade for Jeffrey in which his family emigrated to New England but he returned alone and founded Ex Cathedra.

There will be music from the Latin American and French Baroque, the Italian Renaissance and Jacobean era, and traditional favourites from Sweden and Scotland.

The programme will include Stand by me, Ben E. King (1938-2015) arr. Alexander L’Estrange. Kyrie eleison (from Missa Pastoril), José Mauricio Nunes Garcia (1767-1830). Los coflades, Juan de Araujo (1648-1712). Domine ad adjuvandum, Ignazio Donati (c.1570-1638). Sankta Lucia, trad. Swedish. Te gloriosus (from Te Deum), Michel-Richard de Lalande (1657-1726). The Blessed Lamb, Edmund Hooper (c.1553-1621). Skye Boat Song, trad. Scottish arr. Jeffrey Skidmore. Blake Reimagined, Liz Dilnot Johnson (b.1964).

The concert will be streamed on the Ex Cathedra website, Facebook page and YouTube channel on Saturday 27 February, 7.30pm.

Baroque Passion will be the second online concert to celebrate the occasion. Scheduled for release on Passion Sunday, 21 March, 4pm on the Idagio Global Concert Hall, this programme will be recorded at Symphony Hall over Jeffrey’s birthday weekend.

Baroque music has been at the heart of Jeffrey’s career, and this concert presents a programme of sinuous, poignant Lenten music by Kuhnau, Lotti, Monteverdi and Purcell, ranging from the heart-rending as Mary weeps at the foot of the cross in Domenico Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater to the optimism of Bach’s “true path to life” in Komm, Jesu, komm.

Tickets are available from Those with tickets will have access to the concert until 11 April with no limit on viewing during this time.  

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