A Prayer of St Ignatious Loyola was commissioned by a friend of mine for his son’s Baptism. It is written for treble (or soprano) voices, with some dividing into two parts, and accompanied by either organ or piano. This piece is unashamedly melodic, based on an opening motif that is developed and woven through both the vocal parts and accompaniment as the piece progresses, returning in a more obvious form with the ‘Amen’.
A Prayer of St Ignatious Loyola was first performed by the Boy Choristers of Canterbury Cathedral on 23 May 2015, under the direction of Dr David Flood.
Thanks are due for the original commission, to those who suggested the text of the prayer, and to David Flood and the choristers of Canterbury Cathedral for agreeing to include the piece in the Baptism service.