Songs of Farewell

Friday 3rd July 2015 at 7.30pm

St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ

Songs-of-Farewell  WebsiteFor 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.

Tickets £12 (Early Bird discount until 28th June) / £15 | £10 (students)

Autumn and Christmas concerts

Friday 23rd October and Friday 11th December 2015 at 7.30pm

St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ

Londinium's 10th anniversary season opens, on Friday 23rd October, with a programme of music celebrating two other anniversaries – 150 years since the births of Sibelius and NielsenThis is followed by a Christmas concert on Friday 11th December at which our traditional mulled wine and mince pies will be served!

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