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Chapel of Clare College, Cambridge Choir of Clare College, Cambridge / Graham Ross
"Was it a voice?" was commissioned by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge for their Ascensiontide Service, 2014 and is my third work in an ongoing series of sacred settings for a-cappella mixed choir. It follows the Christmas Carol "Now comes the dawn" (for the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge – 2007) and a grace setting, "Concedas Domine" (for the Choir of Repton School – 2010).
The text was especially written for the occasion by the Melbourne-based poet, Graeme William Ellis.
Though Ascension Day is one of the great feasts in the Christian liturgical calendar and traditionally celebrated with a sense of splendor, majesty and radiance, Graeme and I wished to express something of humility and restraint in this observation of the last day of Christ's physical presence on Earth.