With its use of modality, striking false relations and parallel harmonies, this setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis has great tonal and harmonic interest throughout. The exciting syncoptaed rhythms and metrical changes of the lively Magnificat are effectively contrasted by the mysterious and more harmonically exotic nature of the Nunc Dimittis.
Also known as 'The Gloucester Service', Adrian Partington, Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral, has confirmed that the work is now part of the choir's regular repertoire.
Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis was premiered on 25 November 2012 at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal.
20 pages / A4 format / Paperback
Douglas Mason began his musical training as a chorister in Gloucester Cathedral Choir under John Sanders. He subsequently read music at Durham University, and went on to train as a music teacher at Leeds University, also singing professionally as a lay clerk in the Choir of Leeds Parish Church at this time.
As a composer, Douglas focuses on choral works in particular, and he has also written and arranged music for schools. As a performer Douglas has sung on numerous television and radio broadcasts and appeared on recordings for several labels, including Abbey, Priory and ASC records. For several years he was also a member of the William Byrd Singers directed by Stephen Wilkinson.