This celebratory concert marked the launch of Londinium's debut recording 'The Gluepot Connection' - a mouthwatering selection of British choral music by composers who frequented 'The George' pub in Great Portland Street in the first half of the twentieth century, released on the SOMM label.
Our programme included highlights from the disc, including Arnold Bax's stupendous Mater ora filium and works by Alan Bush, John Ireland, Elisabeth Lutyens, EJ Moeran, Alan Rawsthorne and Peter Warlock. Alongside this glorious repertoire we performed an underrated masterpiece: Kenneth Leighton's Mass for Double Choir, op.44.
Read Andrew Griffiths' blog about 'The Gluepot' and its composers in BBC Music magazine online.
Andrew Griffiths, conductor
William Nicholson, organ (Credo in Mass for Double Choir)
John Ireland: The Hills
Alan Rawsthorne: Four Seasonal Songs
Peter Warlock: The Full Heart
E.J. Moeran: Songs of Springtime (excerpts)
Alan Bush: Lidice
Elisabeth Lutyens: Verses Of Love
Adrian Peacock: Venite, Gaudete!
Kenneth Leighton: Mass for Double Choir
Arnold Bax: Mater ora filium