for SATB unaccompanied
The composer has combined a single line of Latin, 'O virgo splendens', with an earthy, late 13th-century Marian text in Middle English to create a work which reflects both the divine and the human qualities of the Virgin Mary. Beginning and ending with plainchant-style passages, Hevene Quene is by turns restrained, sparkling, pensive, and pleading. Suitable for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary and for concert use, this is an approachable and rewarding anthem.
Kerry Andrew's music is infused with elements of world music, jazz, folk, and pop. Holding a PhD in composition from the University of York, Andrew won the Temple Church Choir Composition Prize in 2002, and performers of her work have included The Hilliard Ensemble, The Ebor Singers, John Potter, Nicholas Clapton, and Jane Manning. Her compositions have featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4, Classic FM, and Resonance FM, and at festivals including the York Spring Festival and The BMIC's Cutting Edge series.