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There is Sweet Music

  • St Sepulchre-without-Newgate Holborn Viaduct London, England, EC1A 2DH United Kingdom (map)

To open its 2017-18 season, Londinium presented a beguiling programme celebrating the essence of music itself. From the sixteenth century to the present day, composers have risen superbly to the challenge of setting words describing their own art, and our selection offered a veritable feast of the finest choral music, both sacred and secular. Ethereal works by Lassus, Tomkins, and Vaughan Williams rubbed shoulders with vivacious music by Gibbons, Tippett, and Elliott Carter, whilst the familiar worlds of Byrd, Brahms and Elgar were offset by little-known gems by Frank Bridge, Zoltán Kodály, Howard Skempton and Arvo Pärt. The centrepiece was a dazzling evocation of music-making in the service of the divine, in the shape of Bach's most virtuosic motet, Singet dem Herrn.

Michael Tippett: Dance, Clarion Air
Orlande de Lassus: Musica Dei donum optimi
Howard Skempton: Music (Let me go where’er I will)
Frank Bridge: Music, when soft voices die
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Silence and Music
Johann Sebastian Bach: Singet dem Herrn
Arvo Pärt: Solfeggio
Edward Elgar: There is Sweet Music
Orlando Gibbons: O clap your hands
Johannes Brahms: Abendständchen
Zoltán Kodály: An Ode for Music
William Byrd: Laudibus in sanctis
Thomas Tomkins: Music Divine
Elliott Carter: Musicians Wrestle Everywhere

Later Event: December 15
Long, Long Ago