A Journey Through Time
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.