A candlelit concert of music by British Choral Icons
Saturday 30 June 2018, 8pm
Great St Bartholomew Church, Cloth Fair EC1A 7JQ
St Bartholomew the Great was founded in 1123 and is London's oldest surviving church. It escaped the Great Fire of London of 1666 and was one of the few City churches to escape damage during the Second World War. The church has been featured in numerous films, including Four Weddings and a Funeral.
All the music in this concert has been composed by British Choral Icons. We will start in the modern world, with the church illuminated by electric light, singing music by living composers such as Roxanna Panufnik and Charlotte Bray. The concert will open with O Nata Lux by Kerry Andrews, and move back to earlier generations of British composers with works by Britten and Tavener, Howells and Stanford.
After the interval, we will begin with Sullivan’s poignant The Long Day Closes. The electric lights will be dimmed and we will enter a candlelit world, moving back through the centuries to the Golden Age of Purcell, Byrd, Tallis and John Shepherd.
The concert will conclude with music that was written when Great St Bart’s was newly-built, by composers such as John Farmer and William Cornysh, arriving at last at the oldest surviving piece of English music, possibly even older than Great St Bart’s itself - St Nicholas written by Saint Godric who died in 1170.
During the interval, you can explore St Bart's beautiful side aisles and garden.
Love is Love
Saturday 19 May, Senate House, Bloomsbury, London
We will be performing a concert at Senate House as part of their exhibition 'Queer Between the Covers' which runs January to June 2018. The exhibition examines the diverse ways in which literature has been central to the culture’s handling and understanding of the meaning of 'queerness'.
Our concert Love is Love is a celebration of nine centuries of same-sex love. With one exception, every work in this programme was composed by an LGBT+ composer or is a choral setting of words by an LGBT+ poet. The programme includes works by Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky, Camille Saint-Saëns, Francis Poulenc, Aaron Copland, Michael Tippett, Benjamin Britten, choir member Kit Burton-Senior, Jennifer Higdon, and Meredith Monk, and bears testament to the contribution that LGBT+ artists have made to global culture.
Senate House has also commissioned Stuart Beatch, the Fourth Choir’s newly-appointed resident composer, to compose a song which we will premiere at the concert. The song I Am Like Many, comprises quotations from a 1958 debate when the UK Parliament discussed if homosexuality should be decriminalised. One MP quoted a letter from a gay constituent who had been sent to prison which finished “I do not pretend that I am good. But I am like many”.
Dates for your diary
Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night
Sunday 11 November, Venue to be announced
11th November 2018 will mark the centenary of the end of World War One during which an estimated 20 million soldiers and civilians lost their lives. This contemplative programme honours the dead and mourns the immense loss of life.
Tickets will go on sale on in September 2018.
The Call of Wisdom - Christmas Concert
Saturday 8 December, St Clement Dane's, Strand, London
This Christmas we feature stunning seasonal music from contemporary composers - Eric Whitacre, Rebecca Dale, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Ann Burgess, Lana Walter, Alec Roth, and Bob Chilcott.
Tickets will go on sale on in October 2018.