Imperial College Chamber Choir

Membra Jesu Nostri

Performers

Janice Chak

Clara Bollen Gandolfo

Daria Ditri

Hannah Gheel

Olivia Priestland

Natalie Wu

Iona Biggart

Amy Collis

Carolina Escaler

Urbi Modhura

Emma Walmsley

Clarisse Bonacina

Amarachi Ohanusi

Aditi Mehendale

Maria Portela

Sebastian Tsang

Pallav Bagchi

Jack Finnis

Robin Flower

Felix Gideonse

Arun Ramanathan

Harry Tomlins

George Bindloss

Owen Brook

Alex Christopherson

Ben Connolly

Kiyan Eddaoudi

Pablo Egerique G.C.

George Raynor

Tom Richardson

Violin 1 – Matthew Millkey

Violin 2 – Hannah Parry

Viola da gamba – Pablo Tejedor-Gutiérrez

Baroque cello – Eddie Mead

Theorbo – Byung-ook Kim

Organ – Gilbert Jackson

Thank you to our ICCC Chums for supporting us – Kathleen McManus, Sarah Melville, Ria Bromley, Alison Carter, Sadaf Ghaem-Maghami, Luke Melville and Ben Miller.

Imperial College Chamber Choir

Originally founded in 1997 by Therees Hibbard as part of Imperial College Choir, the Chamber Choir became a separate and established ensemble in 2007 under the leadership of Jessica Gillingwater. The choir subsequently evolved under the directorship of William Glendinning from 2011-2018 and Jack Apperley from 2018-2023, which saw the introduction of regular concert and evensong cycles, tours, and more prestigious recognition. Today, the choir is an auditioned ensemble of circa 26 voices and is conducted by Patrick Allies.

The Chamber Choir has a colourful musical and social calendar. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings, following which we are keen frequenters of the Union Bar. We present several concerts per term and sing fortnightly Wednesday evensongs at Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road. We regularly undertake various external projects such as weddings, recordings, DofE awards ceremonies, church services and gallery recitals at local museums.

Taking our music outside of college is very important to us, and we go on a week-long Easter tour, a week-long summer tour, and an introductory weekend away in October. Our summer tours are a highlight of the year, both musically and socially. Recent tours have included Brittany, France (2016), Lake Garda, Italy (2016), The Highlands, Scotland (2017), Porto, Portugal (2017), Brecon Beacons, Wales (2018), Ljubljana, Slovenia (2018), Florence, Italy (2022) and Galicia, Spain (2023). This Easter, we visited the Brecon Beacons, where we participated in Holy Week worship at Brecon Cathedral and other churches in the area. This summer, we will be touring Estonia and Finland.

Patrick Allies

Patrick is a conductor and musicologist based in London. He began his musical education as a chorister at the Temple Church, and sang in Gloucester Cathedral Choir before taking up a Choral Scholarship to study Music at King’s College London. Patrick went on to postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge where he was a member of Jesus College Choir.

In his role as Artistic Director of the London-based vocal ensemble Siglo de Oro, Patrick has made five acclaimed recordings with Delphian Records of music from the Renaissance to the present day. Under Patrick’s direction, the group has taken up invitations to perform in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Malta and the USA. Closer to home, Patrick and Siglo de Oro have performed several times at Wigmore Hall.

Prior to his appointment as Conductor of Imperial College Chamber Choir, Patrick held roles at Morley College, the City Literary Institute and West Sussex Music. Most recently, Patrick has spent a term as Acting Director of Music at King’s College London, conducting the chapel choir. He is currently a member of the REMArkables, the professional development scheme of the European Early Music Network.

Alongside his work as a conductor, Patrick is a DPhil student in music at the University of Oxford, where he has taught at St Peter’s College. Patrick’s research, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, involves fifteenth-century choirs and their performance spaces.

Membra Jesu Nostri

Dieterich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707)

I Ad pedes (to the feet) – Nahum 1:15

1. Chorus

Ecce super montes
pedes evangelizantis
et annunciantis pacem.

Behold, upon the mountains
the feet of one bringing good news
and proclaiming peace.

2. Soprano aria (Natalie Wu)

Salve mundi salutare,
salve, salve Jesu care!
Cruci tuae me aptare
vellem vere, tu scis quare,
da mihi tui copiam.

Hail, salvation of the world,
Hail, hail, dear Jesus!
On Your cross would I hang
Truly, You know why
Give me Your strength.

3. Soprano aria (Iona Biggart)

Clavos pedum, plagas duras,
et tam graves impressuras
circumplector cum affectu,
tuo pavens in aspectu,
tuorum memor vulnerum.

The nails in Your feet, the hard blows
and so grievous marks
I embrace with love,
Fearful at the sight of You
Mindful of Your wounds.

4. Bass aria (Tom Richardson)

Dulcis Jesu, pie Deus,
Ad te clamo, licet reus,
praebe mihi te benignum,
ne repellas me indignum
de tuis sanctis pedibus.

Sweet Jesus, merciful God,
I cry to You, in my guilt
Show me Your grace,
Turn me not unworthy away
From Your sacred feet.

5. Chorus

Ecce super montes
pedes evangelizantis
et annunciantis pacem.

Salve mundi salutare,
salve, salve Jesu care!
Cruci tuae me aptare
vellem vere, tu scis quare,
da mihi tui copiam.

Behold, upon the mountains
the feet of one bringing good news
and proclaiming peace.
Hail, salvation of the world,
Hail, hail, dear Jesus!
On Your cross would I hang
Truly, You know why
Give me Your strength.

II Ad genua (to the knees) – Isaiah 66:12

1. Chorus

Ad ubera portabimini,
et super genua blandientur vobis.

You will be brought to nurse
and dandled on the knees.

2. Tenor aria (Harry Tomlins)

Salve Jesu, rex sanctorum,
spes votica peccatorum,
crucis ligno tanquam reus,
pendens homo verus Deus,
caducis nutans genibus.

Hail Jesus, King of Saints
Hope of sinners’ prayers,
like an offender on the wood of the cross,
a man hanging, true God,
Bending on failing knees!

3. Alto aria (Amarachi Ohanusi)

Quid sum tibi responsurus,
actu vilis corde durus?
Quid rependam amatori,
fqui elegit pro me mori,
ne dupla morte morerer.

What answer shall I give You,
Vile as I am in deed, hard in my heart?
How shall I repay Your love,
Who chose to die for me
Lest I die the second death?

4. SSB trio (Natalie Wu, Iona Biggart and Pablo Egerique G.C.)

Ut te quaeram mente pura,
sit haec mea prima cura,
non est labor et gravabor,
sed sanabor et mundabor,
cum te complexus fuero.

That I may seek You with pure heart,
Be my first care,
It is no labour nor shall I be loaded down:
But I shall be cleansed,
When I embrace You.

5. Chorus

Ad ubera portabimini,
et super genua blandientur vobis.

You will be brought to nurse
and dandled on the knees.

III Ad manus (to the hands) – Zechariah 13:6

1. Chorus

Quid sunt plagae istae
in medio manuum tuarum?

What are those wounds
in the midst of Your hands?

2. Soprano aria (Clara Bollen Gandolfo)

Salve Jesu, pastor bone,
fatigatus in agone,
qui per lignum es distractus
et ad lignum es compactus
expansis sanctis manibus.

Hail, Jesus, good shepherd,
wearied in agony,
tormented on the cross
nailed to the cross
Your sacred hands stretched out.

3. Soprano solo (Amy Collis)

Manus sanctae, vos amplector,
et gemendo condelector,
grates ago plagis tantis,
clavis duris guttis sanctis
dans lacrymas cum osculis.

Holy hands, I embrace you,
and, lamenting, I delight in you,
I give thanks for the terrible wounds,
the hard nails, the holy drops
shedding tears with kisses.

4. ATB trio (Sebastian Tsang, Felix Gideonse and Ben Connolly)

In cruore tuo lotum
me commendo tibi totum,
tuae sanctae manus istae
me defendant, Jesu Christe,
extremis in periculis.

Washed in You blood
I wholly entrust myself to You;
may these holy hands of Yours
defend me, Jesus Christ,
in the final dangers.

5. Chorus

Quid sunt plagae istae
in medio manuum tuarum?

What are those wounds
in the midst of Your hands?

IV Ad latus (to the sides) – Song of Solomon 2:13-14

1. Chorus

Surge, amica mea,
speciosa mea, et veni,
columba mea in foraminibus petrae,
in caverna maceriae.

Arise, my love,
my beautiful one, and come,
my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the hollow of the cliff.

2. Soprano aria (Hannah Gheel)

Salve latus salvatoris,
in quo latet mel dulcoris,
in quo patet vis amoris,
ex quo scatet fons cruoris,
qui corde lavat sordida.

Hail, side of the Saviour,
in which the honey of sweetness is hidden,
in which the power of love is exposed,
from which gushes the spring of blood
that cleans the dirty hearts.

3. ATB trio (Aditi Mehendale, Pallav Bagchi and Owen Brook)

Ecce tibi appropinquo,
parce, Jesu, si delinquo,
verecunda quidem fronte,
ad te tamen veni sponte
scrutari tua vulnera.

Lo I approach You,
Pardon, Jesus, if I sin,
With reverent countenance
freely I come to You
to behold Your wounds.

4. Soprano aria (Clara Bollen Gandolfo)

Hora mortis meus flatus
intret Jesu, tuum latus,
hinc expirans in te vadat,
ne hunc leo trux invadat,
sed apud te permaneat.

In the hour of death, may my soul
Enter, Jesus, Your side
Hence dying may it go into You,
Lest the cruel lion seize it,
But let it dwell with You.

5. Chorus

Surge, amica mea,
speciosa mea, et veni,
columba mea in foraminibus petrae,
in caverna maceriae.

Arise, my love,
my beautiful one, and come,
my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the hollow of the cliff.

V Ad pectus (to the breast) – 1 Peter 2:2-3

1. ATB trio (Clarisse Bonacina, Robin Flower and Pablo Egerique G.C.)

Sicut modo geniti infantes rationabiles,
et sine dolo concupiscite,
ut in eo crescatis in salutem.
Si tamen gustatis, quoniam dulcis est Dominus.

Like newborn infants,
long for the guileless milk of reason,
that by it you may grow into salvation,
if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

2. Alto aria (Maria Portela)

Salve, salus mea, Deus,
Jesu dulcis, amor meus,
salve, pectus reverendum,
cum tremore contingendum
amoris domicilium.

Hail God, my salvation,
sweet Jesus, my beloved,
hail, breast to be revered,
to be touched with trembling,
dwelling of love.

3. Tenor aria (Arun Ramanathan)

Pectus mihi confer mundum,
ardens, pium, gemebundum,
voluntatem abnegatam,
tibi semper conformatam,
juncta virtutum copia.

Give me a clean breast,
ardent, pious, moaning,
an abnegated will,
always conforming to You,
with an abundance of virtues.

4. Bass aria (Tom Richardson)

Ave, verum templum Dei,
precor miserere mei,
tu totius arca boni,
fac electis me apponi
vas dives Deus omnium.

Hail, true temple of God,
I pray, have mercy on me,
You, the ark of all that is good,
make me be placed with the chosen,
rich vessel, God of all.

5. ATB trio (Clarisse Bonacina, Robin Flower and Pablo Egerique G.C.)

Sicut modo geniti infantes rationabiles,
et sine dolo concupiscite,
ut in eo crescatis in salutem.
Si tamen gustatis, quoniam dulcis est Dominus.

Like newborn infants,
long for the guileless milk of reason,
that by it you may grow into salvation,
if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

VI Ad cor (to the heart) – Song of Solomon 4:9

1. SSB trio (Hannah Gheel, Amy Collis and Tom Richardson)

Vulnerasti cor meum,
soror mea, sponsa,
vulnerast cor meum.

You have wounded my heart,
my sister, my bride,
You have wounded my heart.

2. Soprano aria (Olivia Priestland)

Summi regis cor, aveto,
te saluto corde laeto,
te complecti me delectat
et hoc meum cor affectat,
ut ad te loquar, animes.

Heart of the highest king, I greet You,
I salute You with a joyous heart,
it delights me to embrace You
and my heart aspires to this:
that You move me to speak to You.

3. Soprano aria (Emma Walmsley)

Per medullam cordis mei,
peccatoris atque rei,
tuus amor transferatur,
quo cor tuum rapiatur
languens amoris vulnere.

Through the marrow of my heart,
of a sinner and culprit,
may Your love be conveyed
by whom Your heart was seized,
languishing through the wound of love.

4. Bass aria (Owen Brook)

Viva cordis voce clamo,
dulce cor, te namque amo,
ad cor meum inclinare,
ut se possit applicare
devoto tibi pectore.

I call with the living voice of the heart,
sweet heart, for I love You,
to incline to my heart,
so that it may commit itself to You
in the breast devoted to You.

5. ATB trio (Hannah Gheel, Amy Collis and Tom Richardson)

Vulnerasti cor meum,
soror mea, sponsa,
vulnerast cor meum.

You have wounded my heart,
my sister, my bride,
You have wounded my heart.

VII Ad faciem (to the face) – Psalms 31:17

1. Chorus

Illustra faciem tuam super servum tuum,
salvum me fac misericordia tua.

Let Your face shin upon Your servant,
save me in Your mercy.

2. ATB trio (Maria Portela, George Raynor and Alex Christopherson)

Salve, caput cruentatum,
totum spinis coronatum,
conquassatum, vulneratum,
arundine verberatum
facie sputis illita.

Hail, bloodied head,
all crowned with thorns,
beaten, wounded,
struck with a cane,
the face soiled with spit.

3. Alto aria (Sebastian Tsang)

Dum me mori est necesse,
noli mihi tunc deesse,
in tremenda mortis hora
veni, Jesu, absque mora,
tuere me et libera.

When I must die,
do not then be away from me,
in the anxious hour of death
come, Jesus, without delay,
protect me and set me free!

4. Chorus

Cum me jubes emigrare,
Jesu care, tunc appare,
o amator amplectende,
temet ipsum tunc ostende
in cruce salutifera.
Amen

When You command me to depart,
dear Jesus, then appear,
O lover to be embraced,
then show Yourself
on the cross that brings salvation.
Amen

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