7:30 pm19:30

Sunshine after Rain: choral music inspired by the natural world

  • St Sepulchre-without-Newgate

Tickets: £12 ('early bird' discount until 3rd July) / £15 | £10 (students). No fee for online bookings.

Sunshine after Rain

Londinium closes its tenth-anniversary season with a delicious selection of music celebrating the great outdoors. Beautiful partsongs by Elgar, Delius, Vaughan Williams, Ireland, and Sterndale Bennett rub shoulders with superb recent works by Nicholas Maw (One foot in Eden still, I stand) and Cecilia McDowall (The skies in their magnificence). Completing this delightful programme are Mendelssohn's vivacious op.59 'Songs to be sung in the open air' and Britten's classic Five Flower Songs.

A glass of wine will be served in the interval.

John Ireland: The Hills
Bernard Rose: The spacious firmament on high
Cecilia McDowall: The skies in their magnificence
Edward Elgar: The Shower
William Sterndale Bennett: Come, live with me
Felix Mendelssohn: Sechs Lieder im Freien zu singen, op. 59
Frederick Delius: On Craig Ddu
Ralph Vaughan Williams, arr. Jim Clements: The Vagabond (from Songs of Travel)
Nicholas Maw: One foot in Eden still, I stand
Edward Elgar: The Fountain
James MacMillan: The Gallant Weaver
Benjamin Britten: Five Flower Songs, op. 47

7:30 pm19:30

In Love's Garden: choral settings of the Songs of Songs

  • St Sepulchre-without-Newgate

The Old Testament Song of Songs contains some of the most beautiful love poetry ever written, and its heady eroticism has inspired superb music from composers across five centuries. Our programme centred on the rarely-performed, luscious twelve-voiced Le Cantique des Cantiques by Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur, which was heard alongside sumptuous Renaissance works by Clemens non Papa, Tomás Luis de Victoria and Hieronymus Praetorius, and equally seductive works by two modern masters, Howard Skempton and Francis Grier.

William Walton: Set me as a seal
Jacobus Clemens non Papa: Ego flos campi
Edward Bairstow: I sat down under his shadow
Tomás Luis de Victoria: Vidi speciosam
Francis Grier: Dilectus meus mihi
Hieronymus Praetorius: Tota pulchra es Maria
Howard Skempton: Rise up my love
Jean-Ives Daniel-Lesur: Le cantique des cantiques