for SSATB and organ This attractive and uplifting anthem sets the text of the Eastertide Vidi aquam antiphon. Different parts of the text are treated to contrasting musical ideas, including extended melismatic upper-voice passages and mainly homophonic full-choir sections, and the undulating organ part represents the flowing water of the text. A welcome addition to a service or concert programme for all fans of Gabriel Jackson's music. Commissioned by the Friends of Lincoln Cathedral for their 75th anniversary and first performed by the Choir of Lincoln Cathedral with Charles Harrison (organ), directed by Aric Prentice, on 25 June 2011.
Born in Bermuda in 1962 and a prize-winning student while at the Royal College of Music, Gabriel Jackson describes his music as 'essentially contemplative', a quality abundant in his choral works. Jackson's highly individual voice is in demand both here and further afield; his music has been commissioned and performed by a variety of leading ensembles and choirs, among them the Bavarian Radio Choir, The Netherlands Choir, Ars Nova Copenhagen, and Vokal Ensemble Stuttgart, and regularly programmed at prestigious festivals throughout the UK and Europe. Gabriel Jackson became Associate Composer to the BBC Singers in 2010.