New Canticles ‘after Dietrich Bonhoeffer’ performed

Words written drawing from, and inspired by, my new translations of some of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s letters and poems from prison, in the shape of the traditional evensong canticles, the Magnificat and the Nuns Dimittis, were set to music by regular collaborator Michael Leighton Jones, and performed by the Trinity College Chapel Choir, directed by Christopher Watson.

The work was initially produced in time for the 75th anniversary of Bonhoeffer’s death, in the last weeks of the Second World War. However, 2020 had other plans. It was exciting to hear the work performed in the presence of the composer and librettist on 7 August 2022.

The service was recorded, and you can watch the event below (or skip to the 20 minute mark for the first canticle, a reading and then the second canticle).

The music starts at about the 20 minute mark.