Three Masts – Richard Barnard


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Three Masts is a setting for SATB and Organ of the poem of the same name by 20th century Cornish poet Charles Causley. It was commissioned by Bristol Cathedral and is an exuberant and expressive piece, partly inspired by sea shanties. Mark Lee, Director of Music at Bristol Cathedral, describes the piece as “a valuable new work for one of Bristol Cathedral’s most important festivals – our Feast of Title, Trinity Sunday… Three Masts draws comparison between the three phases of the life of Jesus, from birth to crucifixion, the Holy Trinity, and a three masted ship, with the tripartite elements working as one whole.”
“A beautifully evocative piece of music” – Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, Peaches Golding OBE