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  • St Sepulchre-without-Newgate church (map)

Tickets: £12 ('earlybird' discount until 1st July) / £15 | £10 (student concession)
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 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

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 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

The Gluepot Connection
Londinium's debut CD of 20th-century British choral music was released in March by SOMM Recordings (available at concerts for £10).
★★★★ BBC Music Magazine
★★★★ The Daily Telegraph
Recording of the Month MusicWeb International
"Highly capable... an impressive vocal and dynamic range" BBC Radio 3 Record Review
★★★★ The Birmingham Post

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