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St Peter's, Stockbridge

  • St Peter's Church Stockbridge SO20 6EX United Kingdom (map)

Sansara is delighted to be returning to Stockbridge for another evening presented by Stockbridge Music.

The concert, called O Fili Mi, will explore themes of war, peace and parenthood from the 15th century to the present day. The first half charts the development of liturgical music from 1480 to 1680, through Mouton (Nesciens mater), Gombert (Lugebat David Absalon), and Lobo (Versa est in luctum) to Schütz (Deutsches Magnificat). David’s lament for his son Absalom is echoed by Mary’s exaltation at the conception of Jesus. Absalom died in battle, and the first piece of the second half is also a reflection on conflict: Mauersberger’s Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst was written 70 years ago this year, amidst the ruins of Dresden, fire-bombed by the British. A cry of peace also closes Vaughan William’s great Mass in G minor, to be performed in the second half of the concert. The mass is dedicated to Gustav Holst, composer of the Nunc Dimittis which closes the evening, a work that is both liturgical and a very personal plea for an end to conflict.

Jean Mouton - Nesciens mater
Peter Philips - Cantantibus organis
Peter Philips - Surgens Jesus
Nicolas Gombert - Lugebat David Absalon
Alonso Lobo - Versa est in luctum
Heinrich Schütz - Deutsches Magnificat


Rudolf Mauersberger - Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Mass in G minor
Gustav Holst - Nunc Dimittis

Tickets (£12) available from The Lights Theatre, Andover (01264 368368), Robinson's Butchers (01264 810609) or Roger Tym (01264 810363). Full information at


Earlier Event: February 27
Merton College Chapel, Oxford
Later Event: April 12
St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, London