Italian composer Ennio Morricone may be best known for his soundtracks for spaghetti westerns, but he also wrote music for many other types of film. The Gurt Lush repertoire includes a number of pieces from his score for the 1986 film The Mission, in which 18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe from the danger of slavery under Portuguese rule. The clip to the right shows Morricone's setting of Ave Maria in the context of the film - and includes an English translation of the words - but the soundtrack music is more clearly heard using this link.
Morricone himself conducted a live performance of Ave Maria in Santiago, Chile, in 2008; the choir here is the Coro Sinfónico de la Universidad de Chile.
3 March 2018
CoMA, The Festival of Contemporary Music for All
2 - 6 May 2018
Calella Festival, Costa de Barcelona
7 July 2018
Summer Spectaular featuring WWI Suite, St Georges