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Format: 2019-06-20
Format: 2019-06-20
  • 21 June 2019 - 7:00pm
    Summer Music in City Churches: Star Cross'd Lovers
    David Miller, Grace Davidson
    St Stephen Walbrook London EC4N 8BN
    United Kingdom

    Songs of true love and devotion by Campian, Dowland, Humfrey and Purcell performed with extraordinary purity of sound in the exquisite round of St Stephen’s Walbrook by renowned baroque specialist soprano Grace Davidson, accompanied by lutenist David Miller. With its circular, white marble Henry Moore altar bathed in the light of a lantern-like dome, this church provides one of the City’s most spectacular venues.

    Summer Music in City Churches is a fledgling festival, founded in 2018, presenting beautiful music to inspire, divert and engage, in ancient and architecturally stunning churches in London's Square Mile. Standing cheek by jowl with City offices, these churches are glorious settings in which to listen and reflect: oases of history, beauty and peace amidst the 24-7 hurly-burly of City life.

    The theme for the second festival in June 2019 is Words and Music. During a week and a half of events, you will find sumptuous settings of poetry, lyrical music inspired by poetry, plays and literature, words that illuminate music with biographical insight and context, music of significance to literary heroes and heroines, and more: a lyrical celebration.

    Awake sweet love
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Come again! Sweet love doth now invite
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Never weather-beaten saile more willing bent to shore from First Booke of Ayres
    Thomas Campion (1567-1620)
    Author of light, revive my dying spright from First Booke of Ayres
    Thomas Campion (1567-1620)
    Preludium for Lute
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    The Frog Galliard
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Now, o now I needs must part
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Come away, come sweet love
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Miserere, my maker
    Anonymous ()
    A fancy
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    In this trembling shadow
    John Dowland (c1563-1626)
    Sleep, downy sleep
    Pelham Humfrey (1647-1674)
    A Hymne to God the Father, 'Will thou forgive that sin'
    Pelham Humfrey (1647-1674)
    Not all my torments can your pity move
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    If music be the food of love
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Sleep, Adam, sleep and take thy rest
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    An evening hymn on a ground, 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light'
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
  • 22 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Summer Music in City Churches: Mad Dogs and Englishmen
    Mary Carewe, Michael Dore, Philip Mayers
    St Mary-le-Bow London EC2V 6AU
    United Kingdom

    From green, rolling hills to thrilling, historic London; from seaside to stage... this is a celebration of the peculiarly English way of life - and love. With music by composers including Henry Purcell, Noel Coward, Lennon and McCartney, Benjamin Britten, William Walton and Sting and words by TS Eliot, John Masefield, WH Auden, John Dryden, Don Black and William Shakespeare.

    Summer Music in City Churches is a fledgling festival, founded in 2018, presenting beautiful music to inspire, divert and engage, in ancient and architecturally stunning churches in London's Square Mile. Standing cheek by jowl with City offices, these churches are glorious settings in which to listen and reflect: oases of history, beauty and peace amidst the 24-7 hurly-burly of City life.

    The theme for the second festival in June 2019 is Words and Music. During a week and a half of events, you will find sumptuous settings of poetry, lyrical music inspired by poetry, plays and literature, words that illuminate music with biographical insight and context, music of significance to literary heroes and heroines, and more: a lyrical celebration.

    Rhyme
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    The Bells of St Mary's
    Composer Not Known ()
    Sea Fever
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
    O waly, waly from Folksong arrangements
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    And her mother came too from A to Z
    Ivor Novello (1895-1951)
    At my time o' kife
    TW Connor ()
    Charming weather from The Arcadians
    Lionel Monckton (1861-1924)
    I could be happy with you from The Boy Friend
    Sandy Wilson (1924-)
    Gus, the Theatre cat from Cats
    Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948-)
    Mrs Worthington
    Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973)
    Mad about the Boy
    Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973)
    London Pride
    Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973)
    No place like London from Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
    Stephen Sondheim (1930- )
    London is London from Goodbye Mr Chips
    Leslie Bricusse (1931-)
    My Love went to London
    Tony Scibetta ()
    A Foggy Day (in London Town)
    George Gershwin (1898-1937)
    London by night
    Carroll Coates (1929-)
    Greensleeves
    Traditional ()
    Scarborough Fair
    Traditional English ()
    Oliver Cromwell
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Johnny from 4 Cabaret Songs
    Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Feste's songs, from incidental music for Royal Shakespeare Company's production of 'Twelfth Night'
    Nigel Hess ()
    Live with me and be my love from Songs and Sonnets
    George Shearing (1919-)
    Fie on sinful fantasy from Songs and Sonnets
    George Shearing (1919-)
    Music for a while from Oedipus
    Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
    Eleanor Rigby
    Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )
    Englishman in New York
    GM Sumner (1951-)
    The Man with The Child in his eyes
    Kate Bush (1978-)
    Diamonds Are Forever
    John Barry (1933-2011)
    What kind of fool am I
    Leslie Bricusse (1931-)
    Mad Dogs and Englishmen
    Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973)
  • 25 June 2019 - 1:00pm
    Summer Music in City Churches: All The World's A Stage | Nicola Losito (piano)
    Nicola Losito
    St Giles, Cripplegate London EC2Y 8DA
    United Kingdom

    This perfect lunchtime concert offers immersive aural respite from the visual glare of the modern working day. The exciting young Italian pianist Nicola Losito performs a ravishing programme including two well-known ballet adaptations: Prokofiev’s own dramatic piano version of his ballet suite Romeo and Juliet and piano master Mikhail Pletnev’s version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. With a nod to Dame Myra Hess and friends’ famous capacity lunchtime concerts at the National Gallery held throughout the Second World War, Nicola also plays Hess’s own adaptation of Bach’s profoundly moving Jesu, joy of man’s desiring.

    Summer Music in City Churches is a fledgling festival, founded in 2018, presenting beautiful music to inspire, divert and engage, in ancient and architecturally stunning churches in London's Square Mile. Standing cheek by jowl with City offices, these churches are glorious settings in which to listen and reflect: oases of history, beauty and peace amidst the 24-7 hurly-burly of City life.

    The theme for the second festival in June 2019 is Words and Music. During a week and a half of events, you will find sumptuous settings of poetry, lyrical music inspired by poetry, plays and literature, words that illuminate music with biographical insight and context, music of significance to literary heroes and heroines, and more: a lyrical celebration.

    Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man's desiring), from Cantata No 147, 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Ballade No 1 in D minor.'Edward' from 4 Ballades
    Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi sonata
    Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
    10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, arranged for piano
    Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)
    Concert Suite from The Nutcracker, transcribed for solo piano
    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • 27 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Summer Music in City Churches: Façade and Carnival of the Animals
    Ben Pope, London Mozart Players, Samuel West
    St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall London EC2V 5AA
    United Kingdom

    Displaying a wonderful and vivid musical imagination, Saint-Saëns wrote his light-hearted suite Le carnaval des animaux in 1886 with an unusual scoring for two pianists, a sparse string section, glass harmonica and a xylophone. His imagined sounds from elegant swans, roaring lions, rattling dinosaur bones to a fishy pellucid underwater world are now often heard interspersed with the witty poems of Ogden Nash who wrote these companions to the music in 1949. By contrast, Edith Sitwell’s near nonsense poems entitled Façade: An Entertainment provided the starting point for William Walton’s accompaniments. The two are cleverly interwoven and performed together with the spoken words fitting amusingly over rhythm and melody.

    Summer Music in City Churches is a fledgling festival, founded in 2018, presenting beautiful music to inspire, divert and engage, in ancient and architecturally stunning churches in London's Square Mile. Standing cheek by jowl with City offices, these churches are glorious settings in which to listen and reflect: oases of history, beauty and peace amidst the 24-7 hurly-burly of City life.

    The theme for the second festival in June 2019 is Words and Music. During a week and a half of events, you will find sumptuous settings of poetry, lyrical music inspired by poetry, plays and literature, words that illuminate music with biographical insight and context, music of significance to literary heroes and heroines, and more: a lyrical celebration.

    Le carnaval des animaux, 'Carnival of the Animals'
    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
    Façade
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
  • 27 June 2019 - 1:00pm
    Summer Music in City Churches: Capturing the Castle | Mark Bebbington (piano)
    Mark Bebbington
    St Lawrence Jewry next Guildhall London EC2V 5AA
    United Kingdom

    Acclaimed pianist Mark Bebbington (".... a master interpreter’’ Classical Source, St. John’s Smith Square, April 2019) plays Bach, Debussy and Ireland in a lunchtime programme of works with literary associations from Shakespeare to Victor Hugo to Dodie Smith. Includes the contemporary composer Robert Matthew-Walker’s Piano Sonata ‘Hamlet’.

    Summer Music in City Churches is a fledgling festival, founded in 2018, presenting beautiful music to inspire, divert and engage, in ancient and architecturally stunning churches in London's Square Mile. Standing cheek by jowl with City offices, these churches are glorious settings in which to listen and reflect: oases of history, beauty and peace amidst the 24-7 hurly-burly of City life.

    The theme for the second festival in June 2019 is Words and Music. During a week and a half of events, you will find sumptuous settings of poetry, lyrical music inspired by poetry, plays and literature, words that illuminate music with biographical insight and context, music of significance to literary heroes and heroines, and more: a lyrical celebration.

    Sheep may safely graze, from Cantata No 208
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Clair de lune from Suite bergamasque
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Prélude No 10, La cathédrale engloutie from 12 Préludes, Book 1
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
    Fantasy Sonata: Hamlet (Piano Sonata No 3)
    Robert Matthew-Walker (1939-)
    Sarnia: An Island Sequence
    John Ireland (1879-1962)
  • 28 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Summer Music in City Churches: A Midsummer Night's Serenade
    City of London Choir, Hilary Davan Wetton, London Mozart Players, Maya Wheeler-Colwell, Rebecca Bottone, Tama Matheson
    St Giles, Cripplegate London EC2Y 8DA
    United Kingdom

    A veritable banquet of the Bard as the finale to Summer Music in City Churches 2019: Words and Music in this most special venue, Shakespeare's local church. In 1842, Felix Mendelssohn wrote the ravishing incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream which is here narrated by the multi-faceted actor Tama Matheson, whom we also hear in Walton’s Henry V Suite. Finzi’s lovely but little-heard Love’s Labours Lost and Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music complete the programme. Vaughan Williams adapts text from The Merchant of Venice; fans of his composition The Lark Ascending will rejoice in his scoring, in particular the solo violin, but here with the added power of chorus, soloists and profoundly beautiful words:

    How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
    Here will we sit and let the sounds of music
    Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
    Become the touches of sweet harmony.

    Summer Music in City Churches is a fledgling festival, founded in 2018, presenting beautiful music to inspire, divert and engage, in ancient and architecturally stunning churches in London's Square Mile. Standing cheek by jowl with City offices, these churches are glorious settings in which to listen and reflect: oases of history, beauty and peace amidst the 24-7 hurly-burly of City life.

    The theme for the second festival in June 2019 is Words and Music. During a week and a half of events, you will find sumptuous settings of poetry, lyrical music inspired by poetry, plays and literature, words that illuminate music with biographical insight and context, music of significance to literary heroes and heroines, and more: a lyrical celebration.

    Incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Concert Suite from Henry V, A Shakespeare Scenario
    Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
    Suite, 'Love's Labour's Lost' for small orchestra
    Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
    Serenade to Music
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
  • 25 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Summer Music in City Churches: Beethoven's Piano Concertos 1 and 5 (Emperor)
    Elizabeth Sombart, Soloists of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    St Giles, Cripplegate London EC2Y 8DA
    United Kingdom

    St Giles Cripplegate provides the backdrop for this extraordinary opportunity to hear two of Beethoven’s majestic piano concertos in their arrangements for piano and string quintet. His last piano concerto, No 5 or The Emperor, is one of the piano repertoire’s most demanding but glorious works here performed by renowned French pianist Elizabeth Sombart.

    There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm, with writer and broadcaster John Suchet introducing the evening's concert with a talk on Beethoven the man: the complex, tortured, passionate man behind some of the greatest music ever written. For more information please click here

    Summer Music in City Churches is a fledgling festival, founded in 2018, presenting beautiful music to inspire, divert and engage, in ancient and architecturally stunning churches in London's Square Mile. Standing cheek by jowl with City offices, these churches are glorious settings in which to listen and reflect: oases of history, beauty and peace amidst the 24-7 hurly-burly of City life.

    The theme for the second festival in June 2019 is Words and Music. During a week and a half of events, you will find sumptuous settings of poetry, lyrical music inspired by poetry, plays and literature, words that illuminate music with biographical insight and context, music of significance to literary heroes and heroines, and more: a lyrical celebration.

    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 in C
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 5 in E flat major, 'Emperor'
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • 29 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Byre Opera presents Riders to the Sea and Cupboard Love
    Byre Opera, Caroline Taylor, Claire Innes-Hopkins, Michael Downes, Ross McArthur, Theodore Day
    St Aidan's Hall Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1DX
    United Kingdom

    Berwick Festival Opera is delighted to continue its successful partnership with Byre Opera, who are touring their latest beautifully sung and elegantly staged production to the dramatic setting of Berwick’s Peace Hall.
    For 2019, they’re presenting a double bill of contrasting British 20th century one act operas, a tragedy and a comedy.

    Vaughan Williams’s Riders to the Sea is based on the play of the same name by J M Synge - with the original text largely intact but with its emotional impact and expressive power considerably intensified. Set in an Irish fishing community in Donegal, it focuses on a mother’s plaintive struggles with the heart wrenching and escalating loss of her menfolk to the sea.

    Madeleine Dring’s Cupboard Love, written in the 1950s and staged for the first time in the UK, is a fast-paced, darkly hilarious and lyrical 'whodunit' for 3 voices. The plot involves a young couple (He and She), an affair and a murder. She thinks He’s done it. He thinks She’s done it. Who’s been killed? Where's the body? Who’s done what? Come and find out for yourself...

    This performance is supported by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust

    Riders to the Sea
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Cupboard Love
    Madeleine Dring (1923-1977)
  • 30 June 2019 - 4:00pm
    Byre Opera presents Riders to the Sea and Cupboard Love
    Byre Opera, Caroline Taylor, Claire Innes-Hopkins, Michael Downes, Ross McArthur, Theodore Day
    St Aidan's Hall Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1DX
    United Kingdom

    Berwick Festival Opera is delighted to continue its successful partnership with Byre Opera, who are touring their latest beautifully sung and elegantly staged production to the dramatic setting of Berwick’s Peace Hall.
    For 2019, they’re presenting a double bill of contrasting British 20th century one act operas, a tragedy and a comedy.

    Vaughan Williams’s Riders to the Sea is based on the play of the same name by J M Synge - with the original text largely intact but with its emotional impact and expressive power considerably intensified. Set in an Irish fishing community in Donegal, it focuses on a mother’s plaintive struggles with the heart wrenching and escalating loss of her menfolk to the sea.

    Madeleine Dring’s Cupboard Love, written in the 1950s and staged for the first time in the UK, is a fast-paced, darkly hilarious and lyrical 'whodunit' for 3 voices. The plot involves a young couple (He and She), an affair and a murder. She thinks He’s done it. He thinks She’s done it. Who’s been killed? Where's the body? Who’s done what? Come and find out for yourself...

    This performance is supported by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust

    Riders to the Sea
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Cupboard Love
    Madeleine Dring (1923-1977)
  • 20 June 2019 - 7:30pm
    Byre Opera presents Riders to the Sea and Cupboard Love
    Byre Opera, Caroline Taylor, Claire Innes-Hopkins, Michael Downes, Ross McArthur, Theodore Day
    Eden Campus Energy Centre, University of St Andrews Guardbridge KY16 0UU
    United Kingdom

    Byre Opera presents a contrasting double bill of British 20th century operas in a unique location. Vaughan Williams’s drama Riders to the Sea focuses on a fishing family’s struggle with the loss of its menfolk at sea. Madeleine Dring’s black comedy Cupboard Love is a story of love, deception and a dead body in a cupboard! This witty and accessible 'whodunnit' receives its first fully-staged UK performance since it was written in the 1950s.

    This performance is supported by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust.

    Riders to the Sea
    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
    Cupboard Love
    Madeleine Dring (1923-1977)
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