City Chamber Choir
Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Stephen Jones
Violin: Fenella Humphreys
Howells: An English Mass | Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending McDowall: The Descending Blue |Stanford: The Bluebird
Ireland: The Hills | Samuel Wilson: Spring (first performance)
Award-winning City Chamber Choir celebrates 30 years of music-making with a charity concert closely aligned to some of the choir’s key themes over the years: 20th century British music, overlooked masterpieces and the commissioning of new music.
Music Director Stephen Jones writes:
"For our 30th anniversary concert pride of place goes to Herbert Howells’ wonderful but rather neglected An English Mass dedicated to Harold Darke and the St Michaels Singers, another long established City of London choir. As a young composer Howells had been inspired by the music of Vaughan Williams, whose celebrated "The Lark Ascending" has in its turn inspired Cecilia McDowall’s "The Descending Blue". We also première Spring, a setting of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem by our Composer in Residence Samuel Wilson."
The choir is delighted to be working for the first time with Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra and renowned violinist Fenella Humphreys.
The concert is in support of Music for Open Ears, which was founded in 2015 with the main aim of giving children who have little or no experience of classical music the opportunity to engage in a live performance by a chamber ensemble. Interactive concerts help children to become active listeners, engage with the various sounds of the instruments and the different musical contributions each makes to a piece. Guided listening activities familiarise children with live classical music close up, a chance that hardly any of the children participating would have otherwise.
Buy tickets £15.00 (earlybird, until 15 April 2018); £18.00 (full price); £10.00 (under 18s and full time students only) online from http://actorschurch.org/whats-on/ or at the door. Phone enquiries may be made to: 07715 351744.