San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A unique and intriguing blend of ancient and modern
Gregory W Brown's Missa Charles Darwin
With its texts taken from the writings of Charles Darwin, its music based on the traditional polyphonic mass yet with the core germ of its musical structure coming from the genetic sequence of Platyspiza crassirostris (commonly known as Darwin's Finches), Gregory W Brown's Missa Charles Darwin is very much a work for the modern day, forming a unique and intriguing blend of contemporary music with modern science and traditional musical forms.
The mass was premiered in 2011 by the all male group New York Polyphony, and London Concord Singers are pleased to be presenting the UK premiere of the work, as well as giving the world premiere version for mixed choir. Missa Charles Darwin will be performed alongside Mendelssohn's Three Psalms, Op. 78 and motets by Alessandro Scarlatti and Charles Wood.
When & Where
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.