De Profundis

SSAATTBB, brass, percussion, harp, piano and organ
15 minutes
Commissioned by Westminster Abbey. First performed 8/07/98 at Westminster Abbey, London by Westminster Abbey Choir, BBC Singers and London Brass conducted by Martin Baker.

De Profundis is a 15 minute work commissioned to end a special concert in the Abbey by the Westminster Abbey Choir, The BBC Singers, and London Brass, augmented by extra percussion, piano, harp & organ and conducted by Martin Baker, now director of music at Westminster Cathedral.

This concert on 8th July 1998 was part of a series of high profile events attended by world religious leaders and the Queen, among others, to celebrate the unveiling of 10 new statues of 20th century martyrs from around the world.

The Welsh premiere of De Profundis was in Llandaf Cathedral, Cardiff on 12 December 1998, by the Cardiff Ardwyn Singers & Players, conducted by Helena Braithwaite MBE.


“John Hardy’s powerful De Profundis, a setting of scripture and martyr’s writings.”
Rick Jones, Evening Standard, 9 July 1998

“Stirring brass and chorus writing.”
Stephen Johnson, The Independent, 14 July 1998

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