May
25
7:30 PM19:30

Sea Change

Tickets: £15 | £10 (student discount) available online and on the door from 6.45pm.
A glass of wine will be served in the interval.

Inspired by Richard Rodney Bennett's classic Sea Change, a virtuoso evocation of the mystery and majesty of the ocean, Londinium voyages through a stunning selection of music connected with the sea. Along the way we encounter shipwreck (in Mäntyjärvi's haunting Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae), myths and legends (Coleridge-Taylor's ghoulish Sea Drift and Brahms' Vineta), folksongs and shanties, and explore sea journeys as a rich source of metaphor, both religious and secular. Our repertoire ranges from sixteenth-century Italy to the present day, and includes music by Wert, Campion, Brahms, Parry, Grieg, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Gabriel Jackson and Howard Skempton.

Programme
Howard Skempton: The Flight of Song
Edvard Grieg: Ave maris stella
Giaches de Wert: Ascendente Jesu
Johannes Brahms: Vineta
Richard Rodney Bennett: Sea Change
Hubert Parry: Crossing the Bar
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae
Thomas Campion: Never weather-beaten sail
Gabriel Jackson: A ship with unfurled sails
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Sea Drift
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Dark Eyed Sailor
Gustav Holst: I love my love
Gustav Holst: Swansea Town

The Gluepot Connection
Londinium's debut album of 20th-century British choral music was released in March by SOMM Recordings. The CD will be available to purchase for £10.
★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
★★★★The Daily Telegraph
Recording of the Month MusicWeb International
"an impressive vocal and dynamic range" BBC Radio 3 Record Review

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Jul
6
7:30 PM19:30

Captured Light

Tickets: £12 ('earlybird discount' until 1st July) / £15 | £10 (student concession)
A glass of wine will be served in the interval.

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Londinium marks 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 pair 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 is completed by works by Fauré, Ravel, and the perenially popular Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens by Maurice Duruflé.

Leanne Singh-Levett piano

Programme
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 Gottawld: Les Angélus
Lili Boulanger: Hymne au soleil
Gabriel Faure: 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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