Concert by the Pond: Vox Aquarum
Many of us find solace and transformation in the power of music. Last evening St. John’s was pleased to host a deeply spiritual concert of choral music by the choral quartet Vox Aquarum. Vox performed for about 90 minutes in a program of English Choral Music. Largely singing music by Henry Purcell, the concert was amazing and transporting.
The real heart of the concert for me, however, was the middle section when the singers performed music by Farrant, Byrd and Morley, still composers of the English tradition whose imitative polyphony drew me even more fully into the heart of the music and into a deep place of spiritual comfort and emotion.
I grew up singing this music, even these pieces, so the familiarity with them helped to connect me with my childhood faith in a powerful way. The performance last evening also made God present to me again right in the balcony of St. John’s in a new way.
I am so thankful for the powerful singing and of this fine quartet and I commend the concert committee for bringing it to us.