Church of Heavenly Rest to World Premiere ‘A Festival of Psalms’

By Afton Wooten

The World premiere of “A Festival of Psalms” by David Briggs and his daughter Kerensa Briggs will take place at the Church of the Heavenly Rest. The concert is scheduled for April 21 at 7:30 pm.

This new work was commissioned by the Church of the Heavenly Rest, with Psalm selection by Rev. Matthew Foster Heyd (Bishop-elect of the Diocese of New York). Briggs will perform “A Festival of Psalm” with members of the Canterbury Choral Society and resident choristers and brass quintet. Janet Yieh conducts.

“Kerensa and I were thrilled to collaborate on the Festival of Psalms project – we think it’s almost certainly the first time this has ever happened, between father and daughter,” Briggs told OperaWire via email. “The main inspiration for the work, of course, sprang directly from the texts – seven different Psalms with widely contrasting moods, from quietly prayerful to overtly celebratory. We hope that the audience will be moved emotionally, inspired and enriched – we’re very excited about 21st April!”

David Briggs will accompany on the church’s historic 137-rank Austin Organ.