Kensington's greatest Composers

Kensington's greatest Composers

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St Mary Abbots Church

Kensington Church Street


W8 4LA

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A concert to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of our current church and the founding of John D. Wood and Co, our sponsors

About this event

The concert takes place on Thursday 7th July and starts at 6.30pm. It features the work of composers who lived or worked in Kensington from 1711 to the current day and includes pieces by:

William Boyce (1711-1779), a contemporary of Handel and Arne was composer and organist at the Chapel Royal and principal composer to the actor impresario David Garrick, who retired to live in Kensington Gore.

Sir Hubert Parry (1848 - 1918) was Director of the Royal College of Music, Kensington and famous for the hymn Jerusalem and the Coronation anthem 'I was glad'.

Sir Charles Stanford (1852-1924) was Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music, where he taught almost all of the significant English composers of the early C20, including Vaughan Williams, Holst and Howells. An active composer and conductor in all genres he is now best remembered for his significant contribution to English church music.

Herbert Howells (1892-1983) was one of Stanford’s composition pupils who subsequently taught at the Royal College of Music from 1920 until his retirement. The anthem Now abideth faith, was commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the present St Mary Abbots in 1972.

In 1938, Sir William Walton (1902-1983) who was already well known for his cantata Belshazzar’s Feast, wrote an anthem for a wedding at St Mary Abbots, Set me as a seal upon thy heart. Walton contributed marches to the coronations of both George VI and Elizabeth II as well as writing the scores for 6 films for the Army Film Unit during World War II.

Nicholas O’Neill (b.1970) is Associate Director of Music of St Mary Abbots and composer in residence of the Parliament Choir. His 1st work for St Mary Abbots was the Jubilate Deo in 1998 followed 20 years later by Missa loquebantur variis, both of which will be heard in this concert.

St Mary Abbots is this year celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the building of the current church, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and completed by his son and grandson. Money from tickets sales will go towards the upkeep of the church and our 150th year anniversary project to improve access to the church building.

The concert would not have been possible with out the support and sponsorship of John D. Wood who's founder, John Daniel Wood started his Estate Agents company in 1872 and so shares a 150th anniversary with us.

Please remember to bring this ticket with you to show on the door as it and your name will be checked at the entrance. The price of the ticket will include a glass of wine and programme of the event.

We look forward to welcoming you to the church for this special concert to celebrate our joint 150th Anniversary.

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