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In the Beginning...

London Concord Singers

Thursday, 11 July 2013 from 19:30 to 21:30 (BST)

In the Beginning...

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Full price - includes glass of wine Ended £12.00 £0.00
Under 25's Ended £5.00 £0.00
Other concessions Ended £10.00 £0.00

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In the Beginning

Aaron Copland - In The Beginning
William Byrd - Mass for Five Voices
Bernard Hughes - Two Choral Fanfares
Francis Poulenc - Salve Regina
Motets by Lassus, Victoria Gabrieli

London Concord Singers open their summer concert with Aaron Copland's choral masterpiece, In the beginning. Setting the whole first chapter and the first seven verses of the second chapter of Book of Genesis, Copland wrote the work in 1947 and he uses the choir and mezzo-soprano soloist to create a spare but profoundly expressive setting of the description of the creation of the world.

The choir complement's this with William Byrd's Mass for Five Voices, one a trio of Latin masses which Byrd wrote for use by the persecuted Roman Catholics in England, in order to give the amateur choirs at mass something to sing. Daringly, Byrd published the masses between 1593 and 1598. The mass is regarded as one of the most perfectly constructed and deeply of all of Byrd's works.

The programme will be completed with a selection of motets by Lassus, Victoria and Gabrieli, including Gabrieli's magnificent double-choir motet for Pentecost, Hodie completi sunt as well two short pieces by the young contemporary British composer Bernard Hughes. 

Further information from the London Concord Singers website.

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When & Where

St Stephen Walbrook
EC4 8BN London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 11 July 2013 from 19:30 to 21:30 (BST)

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London Concord Singers

London Concord Singers are an award-winning chamber choir of about 30 mixed voices, based in central London, with a broad-ranging repertoire. The choir was established in 1966 by the conductor, Malcolm Cottle and he remained the Musical Director until his death in 2014.

London Concord Singers have given a number of world, UK and London premieres of works by composers such as John Rutter, Andrzej Panufnik, Richard Rodney Bennett, John McCabe, Kenneth Leighton and Michael Ball, as well as pieces specially written for the choir.

The choir has also given performances of major contemporary pieces such as Alfred Schnittke’s Choral Concerto and Malcolm Williamson’s Requiem for a Tribe Brother. In its 40 year history the choir has performed all of the unaccompanied choral music of Francis Poulenc.

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