7:30 pm19:30

Kensington to Bloomsbury

  • St Sepulchre-without-Newgate

Tickets: £12 (Earlybird discount until 5th February) / £15 | £10 (students). A glass of wine will be served in the interval.

Kensington to Bloomsbury

We invite you to explore with us an unlikely cornerstone of London's musical culture: 'The George' pub on Great Portland St in Bloomsbury. In this establishment (nicknamed ‘The Gluepot’ by Sir Henry Wood, such was its adhesive effect on his musicians), an eclectic and fascinating group of composers gathered during the first half of the twentieth century. This concert marks the launch of fundraising for Londinium's debut recording, featuring a selection of their music, which will be made in July 2017. The 'Gluepot Connection' is represented in this concert in well-loved works by William Walton, John Ireland and EJ Moeran, alongside lesser-known gems by Alan Rawsthorne, Elisabeth Lutyens and Humphrey Searle, some of which have not previously been recorded. The complete disc will also include music by Arnold Bax, Frederick Delius and Peter Warlock. To complement this selection we look to the Royal College of Music in Kensington, where Herbert Howells taught and several Gluepot composers were students; our concert includes Howells’ masterpiece, contemporary with many of the works we will perform: the Requiem of 1932.

William Walton: Where does the uttered Music go?
John Ireland: Twilight Night
Elisabeth Lutyens: Verses of Love
John Ireland: The Hills
Humphrey Searle: Song of the Sun
Alan Rawsthorne: Four Seasonal Songs
E J Moeran: Songs of Springtime
Herbert Howells: Requiem

7:30 pm19:30

A Light in the Darkness

  • St Mary-at-Hill church

Londinium's festive programme traced the journey from Old Testament prophecy to the events of the Nativity in a superb selection of a cappella repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day. Highlights included Poulenc's lyrical Four Christmas Motets, music by Brahms, Byrd, Lassus, Mendelssohn, Mouton and Schütz, and, from our own time, works by James MacMillan and Cecilia McDowall. Our programme closed with a rare performance of Schoenberg's glorious early masterpiece Friede auf Erden: an unforgettable, sumptuously-scored clarion call for harmony and brotherhood in a fractured world.

Felix Mendelssohn: Im Advent
James MacMillan: O Radiant Dawn
Heinrich Schütz: Tröstet, Tröstet mein Volk
Thea Musgrave: Hear The Voice of the Bard
William Byrd: Vigilate
Cecilia McDowall: O Oriens
Johannes Brahms: O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf
John Sheppard: Verbum caro factus est
Felix Mendelssohn: Weihnachtnen
Francis Poulenc: Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
Jean Mouton: Nesciens Mater
Orlande de Lassus: Resonet in laudibus
John Ireland: The Holy Boy
Arnold Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden