Rachmaninov Vespers (All-Night Vigil)

Saturday 7th February 2015 at 7.30pm

St Andrew Holborn London, EC4A 3AB

In celebration of the centenary of its composition and first performance, Londinium sings the All-Night Vigil, better known as 'Rachmaninov’s Vespers' at the beautiful Wren church of St Andrew Holborn. The concert also includes the radiant O Crux by Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt, who recently died in his own hundreth year.

Andrew Griffiths conductor

 Christmas concert includes Britten's amazing A Boy Was Born - a thirty-minute tour de force, written when the composer was only 19. It's structured as a theme and variations, using a series of Christmas texts.  The rest of the programme will 'answer' the Britten by featuring as nearly as possible alternative settings of the same words by a wide variety of different composers. Some will be well-known (Leighton's Coventry Carol, Cornelius' Three Kings, Darke's In the bleak midwinter), and some less so, including music by Sweelinck, Praetorius and Warlock (Corpus Christi).