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|19 October 2019|
St James's Church
£15, 22, 28, 32
|Vivaldi's Four Seasons by Candlelight|
Natalie Klouda, violin
Warren Mailley-Smith, piano
Piccadilly Sinfonietta Orchesta
J S Bach: Air on a G String
J S Bach: Piano concerto No 4 in A
Mozart: Salzburg Symphony No 2 (Divertimento in B flat K 137)
Vivaldi: 4 Seasons
Celebrate the end of the week with The Piccadilly Sinfonietta, an exciting new orchestra featuring some of the UK’s most outstanding young professional musicians, led by the sensational violinist Natalie Klouda. This dynamic ensemble present a programme of some of the greatest classical music ever written including Vivaldi’s masterpiece, “The Four Seasons” in the beautiful surroundings of St James’ Church, in the heart of London’s West End by the evocative glow of candlelight.
This special concert also features exceptional british pianist Warren Mailley-Smith, who has developed a large following across the UK thanks to his effortless technique and charismatic charm. One of his most extraordinary achievements is performing the complete solo works (3.5 million notes) of Frederick Chopin from memory. Mailley-Smith is a firm favourite with the Royal Family and he has been featured as Classic FM CD of the Week.
+44 (0)7812 599340
£16 / 14
|Collegium Choir choral music|
Joanna Harries, mezzo
Sophie Harris, cello
Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir
Daniel Moult, organ
Greg Morris, conductor
Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem was completed in 1947, and was his longest and most substantial work, becoming a firm favourite of the choral repertoire. Gregorian chant melodies of the burial Mass are skilfully assimilated, sometimes prominently, often subtly, as the drama unfolds. While Gregorian chant is in its essence the purest form of western music, purged of much emotion, Duruflé’s sensuous harmonies suffuse every note with feeling.
The composer’s Messe Cum Jubilo is Duruflé’s last major composition, dating from 1966. Also based on Gregorian chant melodies, the work calls for a choir of baritones singing in unison.
In his Litanies à la Vierge Noire, Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) returned to the Catholic faith of his youth, shortly after learning
of the death in a car accident of his friend, the composer Pierre-Octave Ferroud. Meditating on the fragility of the human condition, and drawn once again to the life of the spirit, Poulenc hoped the work – for female choir and organ – would recreate the atmosphere of ‘peasant devotion’.
The Cantique de Jean Racine is a setting of words by the 17th century dramatist and poet Jean Racine. It was Gabriel Fauré’s first significant composition, written in 1865 whilst he was a student at the École Niedermeyer, the ‘École de musique religieuse et classique’. Fauré went on to write a good deal of religious music – most notably the Requiem, written in 1888 – but of the shorter sacred pieces it is the Cantique that has particularly captured the affections of choirs and audiences.
Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir, under the expert direction of conductor Greg Morris, returns to Temple Church for this performance of French choral music, accompanied by Daniel Moult on the church’s acclaimed Harrison and Harrison organ.
|23 October 2019|
|Steve Reich and Gerhard Richter – two giants of contemporary culture|
|28 November 2019|
St Bartholomew the Great
|James Kreiling, piano|
City Music Society
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