Londinium's 10th anniversary season opens with a concert of music celebrating two other anniversaries – 150 years since the births of Sibelius and Nielsen in 1865. Nielsen's Tre Motetter is sung alongside a series of works by Sibelius, including Rakastava and four beautiful motets from his op.18. The programme also includes the Lorca Suite by Sibelius' protege Rautavaara, and music by other Nordic composers. Tickets will be available shortly; bookmark this page or join our mailing list (using the form on the Home page) for further information.
Mulled wine and mince pies will be served!
For the closing concert of its 2014-15 season, Londinium performed 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 his virtuosic Fest- und Gedenksprüche was sung alongside the Parry, together with the exquisitely subtle Vier doppelchörige Gesänge of Brahms' great friend and advocate, Robert Schumann. The programme was 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