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A Londinium Bestiary

Tickets: £12 ('earlybird' discount until 30th September) | £15 | £10 (student concession)

To open its 2018-9 season Londinium presents a thrilling programme of works on the theme of weird and wonderful creatures. Kenneth Leighton's unpublished Laudes Animantium ('Praises of the Creatures') is a superb sequence of poems about animals, from Blake's Lamb and Tyger to Tennyson's Kraken, by way of Edward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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Captured Light
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Captured Light

Londinium marked the centenaries of the deaths of Claude Debussy and Lili Boulanger by plunging into the heady world of early twentieth-century French choral music. Lili Boulanger, the first woman to win the prestigious Prix de Rome, lived for just 24 years; her prodigious talent is nowhere clearer than in her luxuriant and often-ecstatic works for choir and piano, far too rarely performed today. We paired Debussy's classic Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orléans with virtuosic transcriptions of his songs and piano music by the masterful arranger Clytus Gottwald, and our programme was completed with works by Fauré, Ravel, and the perennially popular Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens by Maurice Duruflé.

Leanne Singh-Levett piano
Andrew Griffiths conductor

Lili Boulanger: Renouveau
Claude Debussy: Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orléans
Maurice Ravel, arr. Clytus Gottwald: Soupir
Gabriel Fauré: Madrigal
Maurice Duruflé: Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens
Claude Debussy, arr. Clytus Gottwald: Les Angélus
Lili Boulanger: Hymne au soleil
Gabriel Fauré: Les Djinns
Lili Boulanger: Les Sirenes
Claude Debussy, arr. Clytus Gottwald: Des pas sur la neige
Claude Debussy: L'isle joyeuse (piano solo)
Maurice Ravel: Trois Chansons
Lili Boulanger: Soir sur la plaine

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