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Staff Composer Patricia Van Ness in Conversation with St. Martin’s Voices

October 14, 2021

Here’s a video clip (and a second and third clip) of First Church Staff Composer Patricia Van Ness in an interview from the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, whose choir has just presented a concert featuring her music. St. Martin’s Voices performed “The Voice of the Tenth Muse, I Pray (Reprise),” conducted by Anna Lapwood.

Composer, violinist, and poet Patricia Van Ness draws upon elements of medieval and Renaissance music to create a signature voice that has been hailed by musicians, audiences, and critics. She has been called a modern-day Hildegard von Bingen (Gary Higginson, Music Web UK; and Gaby Beinhorn, Suedwestrundfunk, Germany), with her ability to compose music “ecstatic and ethereal,” “both ancient and new” (Gaby Beinhorn, Suedwestrundfunk, Germany; Susan Larson, The Boston Globe). As in medieval aesthetics, her music and poetry explore the relationship between beauty and the Divine.

For more, please see her website: