Patrick Hawes was born in Lincolnshire he studied music as an organ scholar at St Chad’s College, Durham University, and took up a variety of teaching posts including firstly at Pangbourne College (1981-1990) and then as Composer in Residence for Charterhouse School (1990-1997) before quitting teaching to devote himself to composing. He spent some time as composer in residence at the British radio station Classic FM, has composed film scores, a symphony commemorating the First World War, an orchestral suite for the Prince of Wales, a cantata recounting the Wedding at Canaan, a remarkably beautiful series of settings from the Song of Songs, and the Lazarus Requiem.
I like his music not least because he’s not afraid to blend musical forms as in his setting of The Lord’s Prayer which is a modern take on alternatim settings. Hawes alternates the original Latin chant with its English translation which he sets by taking the chant’s musical figures and transforming them into something new. The result of this musical alchemy is a calmly contemplative meditation on the text. Enjoy :-)
Patrick Hawes (Born 1958): The Lord’s Prayer
Pater noster qui es in caelis
Our Father who art in heaven
Adveniat regnum tuum
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
Performers: Conventus conducted by Patrick Hawes. Soloist: Christopher Watson (tenor)