• Duration: 45 minutes
  • Soloist(s): Soprano
  • Chorus: SATB, and semi-chorus of trebles
  • Instrumentation: Full Orchestra OR Chamber Orchestra & Organ
  • Published by: Novello & Co

Eventide: In Memoriam Edith Cavell (excerpt)

“Superbly judged and structured, with rhythms that reflect the ebb and flow of the words and their mood.”
Church Times

Edith Cavell was a British nurse celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides without discrimination and for helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during the First World War, for which she was arrested.

Eventide is the name of the tune of the well-known hymn Abide with Me which was recited by Edith Cavell and an Anglican Chaplain the night before her execution. The hymn is used as a cantus firmus throughout the work sung by a semi-chorus of unbroken voices.  A soprano soloist takes on the role of Edith herself singing words from her letters, The Book of Common Prayer and Thomas a Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ.  The SATB chorus provides a key role, mirroring Edith’s thoughts and bringing the work to moments of intense climax.  Commissioned by the Sheringham & Cromer Choral Society and premiered in Norwich Cathedral in July 2014.

Listen here to Patrick talking on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune about Eventide.

A reduced version for Chamber Orchestra & Organ is also available.

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