Truro Cathedral Choir Concert: Ascending into Heaven

Be transported by Truro Cathedral Choir as they take you on a journey through some of the most beautiful choral music from the start of the 20th century to the present day. The opening of the concert will ground us at the start of the 20th century with one of the most iconic choral music classics: Parry’s rousing 1902 coronation anthem ‘I was glad’. Other music in the first half includes Stanford’s exquisite three Latin motets and pieces by Bairstow, Walton and Britten as we move through the decades. We go into the interval with the anthem composed by William Mathias for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, ‘Let the people praise thee, O God’. 

The second half picks up the journey and features mainly female composers. Highlights include the dazzling anthem ‘Ascending into heaven’ composed in 1983 by Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir, and James MacMillan’s profound ‘Christus vincit’ as well as works by Elizabeth Maconchy, Roxanna Panufnik, Gabriel Jackson, Dobrinka Tabakova and Joanna Marsh. 

Truro Cathedral Choir thrives on the challenges of singing some of the finest choral music from across the centuries and the boys, girls and adult professional singers will no doubt give some of their finest performances of the year in this outstanding music. Emotions will be heightened as this will be the last concert for many choir members who will be going on to pastures new at the end of the academic year.


I was glad – Parry (1902)

Three motets – Stanford (1882, published 1905)

Let all mortal flesh – Bairstow (1925)

Set me as a seal – Walton (1938)

Gloria (Missa Brevis) – Britten 1959

Let the people praise Thee, O God – Mathias (1981)


Ascending into heaven – Judith Weir (1983)

There is no rose – Elizabeth Maconchy (1984)

Christus vincit – James MacMillan (1994)

Deus, Deus meus – Roxanna Panufnik (1997)

Praise – Dobrinka Tabakova (2002)

Alma Redemptoris Mater – Dobrinka Tabakova (2014)

Thou hast searched me and known me – Joanna Marsh (2015)

Nunc Dimittis (Truro Canticles) - Dobrinka Tabakova (2017)

Ticket information:

Standard Tickets: £14.00

Supporter Tickets: £15.50*

Under 18s: Free

Tickets are available to purchase from CRBO Box Office: In-person at Truro Tourist Office, by phone 01726 879500 or online via the link below.

*Supporter Tickets - We are once again offering a ‘Supporter Ticket’ option – Truro Cathedral is a self-funded organisation and does not receive regular government or Church of England support. We rely on public donations to cover the £1 million plus per year it costs to run and maintain Cornwall’s only cathedral. The cathedral choir is an integral part of the cathedral and the Supporter Ticket has been introduced as an option for those wanting to help support and maintain the work of the cathedral choir throughout the year. £1.50 from each Supporter Ticket goes directly to the Truro Cathedral Music fund – set up to support the choir. Thank you.