A Journey Through Time
A candlelit concert of music by British Choral Icons
Saturday 30 June 2018, 8pm
St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield
St Bartholomew the Great is one of London's rarest gems. It 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, Shakespeare in Love, and the Muppets.
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.
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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. We will sing Howells Requiem as well as a new memorial commission by Canadian composer Stuart Beatch.
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.