Londinium, directed by Andrew Griffiths, is one of London's most versatile chamber choirs.
A Londinium Bestiary
Friday 5th October at 7.30pm, St John's Waterloo
A thrilling programme of works on the theme of weird and wonderful creatures opens our 2018-19 season. Kenneth Leighton's unpublished Laudes Animantium ('Praises of the Creatures') is a superb sequence of poems about animals, from Blake's Lamb and Tyger to Tennyson's Kraken, by way of Edward Lear and others, and finds its composer at the height of his powers. Ola Gjeilo's Unicornis captivatur, based on remarkable fifteenth-century chants, introduces us to the unicorn, pelican, phoenix, hydra and crocodile. Finally, Bernard Hughes' 2011 A Medieval Bestiary explores the relationship between medieval man and the animal world. The dramatis personae, taken from a fourteenth-century source, include the manticore, parander, gryphon, monoceros, dragon, panther, and scorpion, and Hughes' music is no less inventive and exhilarating.
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Londinium's debut album of 20th-century British choral music, 'The Gluepot Connection', was released in March by SOMM Recordings.