Event Category: Forthcoming

Part of the York Late Music Festival

Anon: Coventry Carol
David Lancaster: Crucifixion (world premiere)
Giaches de Wert: Grazie ch’a pochi il ciel largo destina
Giaches de Wert: Solo e pensoso i più deserti campi
Gavin Bryars: Là ver l’aurora (world premiere)
David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion

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The programme plays on the different meanings of the word ‘Passion’: i.e. suffering and/or love. We are thrilled to be premiering a new work by Gavin Bryars for his 80th year, commissioned by Late Music especially for this concert. His piece is the latest of his madrigals on sonnets by Petrarch: so we are including two more Petrarch settings by the Renaissance Flemish composer Giaches de Wert. The text of David Lancaster’s new piece (also a commission) is taken from a medieval Mystery Play: so we are similarly pairing it with the famous Coventry Carol (also based on a Mystery Play). The largest work is David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning ’The Little Match Girl Passion’, based on a tragic story by Hans Christian Andersen, but with a structure strongly influenced by the Bach Passions.

300th Anniversary Concert

Tickets £15 (concessions £10) available in advance via Eventbrite

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We are delighted to have the opportunity to present J.S. Bach’s St John Passion on Good Friday 29th March 2024, 300 years after its first performance. We shall be singing this great work as originally performed in Leipzig on Good Friday 1724. Bene’t Coldstream (Evangelist) and the Elysian Players will join us for the performance at St Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico, a beautiful space and fast becoming a popular venue for professional and amateur musicians.

Stars, moons, birds and aeroplanes

Jonathan Dove: Seek him that maketh the seven stars
Ēriks Ešenvalds: Stars
Ēriks Ešenvalds: The Heavens’ Flock
Eric Whitacre: Leonardo dreams of his flying machine
Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Vision of Aeroplanes
Alan Bullard: Choristers of Flight
Ēriks Ešenvalds: The New Moon
Ēriks Ešenvalds: Northern Lights
Ēriks Ešenvalds: Rivers of Light
Jonathan Dove: Vast ocean of light