7:30 pm19:30

Sibelius and Nielsen

  • St Sepulchre-without-Newgate

Londinium's 10th anniversary season opens with a programme of music celebrating two other anniversaries – 150 years since the births of Sibelius and Nielsen.

7:30 pm19:30

Songs of Farewell

  • St Sepulchre-without-Newgate

For the closing concert of its 2014-15 season, Londinium performs Hubert 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.
Andrew Griffiths  conductor

Tickets also available on the door from 6.30pm. A glass of wine will be served in the interval.