After their recent successful performances at the Sounds Sublime Festival in St Martin-in-the-Fields, Icosa return to London to perform three new premieres at St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate. These new pieces are interspersed with some of the earliest known composers of choral music and more familiar renaissance works.
Chris Hutchings' 'The Lord's Prayer' takes us from moments of breathlessness like the frantic, swirling chords on the words 'Forgive us our sins' to moments of serene tranquility in 'Deliver us from evil'.
Steven Calver's 'Infelix Ego', although written for Sixteen Voices, is very sparse in texture, creating a lonely, distant picture. Written in memory of both Sir John Taverner and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the piece melds both consonance and dissonance and imitation and variation.
Tim Pratt's 'When I Consider' sets a text by John Milton for double choir and Soprano soloist. Whilst Tim's piece is more consonant than the other two premieres, he uses bitonality and speech-like word setting between the two choirs to move the piece on at a pace.
With two of the premieres written specifically for the choir, Icosa is very excited to be performing them in such a wonderful building. You will be guaranteed to hear music both familiar and unfamiliar. Please join us for what will be a memorable concert!