'A beautiful vocal sound'
Hilary Davan Wetton
As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, Luceat is seeking to kickstart the next phase of its professional development. Our #SingBackStronger Campaign is the start of a five year journey, as we build towards becoming a leading choir in the liturgical music tradition. For many, finance determines opportunity, especially in this industry. We hope to provide access for sixth-form-aged choral and organ scholars from all backgrounds, as well as nurturing young singers at the start of their career by eliminating exclusion due to economic circumstance. All of this work requires financial stability and long-term investment, and this is why we need your help.
Who we are
Luceat was initially established as a Cathedral Visiting Choir, to sing for services at Peterborough Cathedral during August 2017. Since then, our membership has gone on to encompass some of the finest young choral singers in the UK, many of whom perform with Genesis Sixteen, Schola Cantorum of Oxford and other premier collegiate and cathedral choirs. We are also supported by a number of current or former cathedral lay clerks, who compliment our sound with a wealth of wisdom and experience.
Our Christmas CD
Christmas 2020 was for all a time where the separation of public health measures was most acutely felt. For church musicians, although we were able to have small-scale gatherings, the lack of packed-to-the-rafters carol services with full-throated congregational singing was particularly difficult. With UK restrictions set to end on June 21st, we are hoping that this recording will be a moment of great optimism, and through a renewed sense of community, go some way to making up for lost times.
The CD is structured around the Nine Lessons and Carol service, begun in Truro in 1880, and developed by Eric Milner-White, Dean of King's Cambridge, after the First World War. Milner-White described the service as a journey exploring 'the loving purposes of God', revealed from the earliest days of our redemption, through to the mystery of the Incarnation itself. He saw the service as a means to rebuild from the horrors of that conflict, and as a means to reconcile the sense of profound loss that characterised the post-war aftermath. We hope that the repertoire on this CD will capture this ethos, as we explore the vast range of humanity's experience at the heart of this story.
A new CD of choral music with organ usually costs around £10,000. This includes singer's expenses and fees, recording costs, venue hire, insurance, marketing, organ tuning and maintenance, sheet music purchase, and many more smaller aspects. Our crowdfunder will go some way to covering those costs, supplementing income from our Patronage schemes.
Why we are different
Unlike other similar ensembles, the liturgy of the Church is at the heart of our mission, shaping our repertoire and performance style. We maintain a regular programme of Cathedral visits, and are embarking on a series of recordings structured around the feasts of the Church year. We regularly perform 'liturgical' concerts, such as Bach's Matthew Passion (Oxford, 2020), and will perform Durufle's Requiem in Ireland in 2022. We also actively seek to rediscover 'lost' repertoire: our first CD (Assumpta est Maria) featured several works not performed for 400 years. 2023 will see us engaged in a major collaborative research project with the University of Oxford, rediscovering the stunning Renaissance repertoire of San Petronio, Bologna, and recreating the liturgies of Charles V's coronation in the church.
Become a Benefactor
If you are able and minded to give significantly more, you can sponsor one of the works on our album. For this, we will name you as one of the key benefactors of the project in the CD sleeve; list you as a key benefactor on our website; include all benefits of our other rewards; and invite you to our launch concert and dinner in Stratford-upon-Avon. Please contact us directly if you are considering this level of support as we would love to talk with you!
If you'd like to support the choir regularly, please do consider becoming a Friend of Luceat, for £50 per annum. Details can be found at www.luceatchoir.co.uk/singbackstronger.
Please note, should social distancing remain mandated, this project will be carried forward.