For the closing concert of its 2014-15 season, Londinium performs Parry's masterpiece and swansong, the glorious Songs of Farewell. Written during the First World War, as Parry's world crumbled around him, these achingly beautiful settings of the metaphysical poets rate amongst the finest of all English choral music.
Parry's great love of German culture no doubt made the conflict all the more painful for him; the influence of Brahms in particular shines through his music, and we perform the older composer's virtuosic Fest- und Gedenksprüche alongside the Parry. Brahms' great friend and early mentor and advocate was Robert Schumann, whose exquisitely subtle Vier doppelchörige Gesänge share the same antiphonal scoring as Brahms' work. Our programme is completed by another double-choir motet, in many ways a direct descendant of Parry's Songs of Farewell: William Harris' ravishing setting of Spenser, Faire is the Heaven.
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Andrew Griffiths conductor
St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate is located at the junction of Holborn Viaduct and Giltspur Street, opposite the Old Bailey.
Tube: St Paul's (Central), Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan), Blackfriars (District, Circle).
Train: City Thameslink is almost exactly opposite.
Bus: 8, 242, 56, 25
Parking: in streets around, and there are NCP carparks nearby in Saffron Hill and Aldersgate Street.
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Refunds are not available, but if you contact us in advance of the performance we will if possible offer you replacement tickets to another of our concerts.
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Directed by Andrew Griffiths, Londinium is one of London's most ambitious and versatile chamber choirs, critically acclaimed for its distinctive programming and vibrant performances of a cappella repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day.