An Evening Of Music & Poetry

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Friday April 27th 2018
7:00pm - 9:30pm

St Paul's Church
Covent Garden WC2E 9ED

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A Celebration Of Words & Music

£18 members, £21 non-members

The Sussex Songmakers return to the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London with another innovative programme of music and poetry, and take us on a journey “From Bach to Betjeman”.

The repertoire this evening is a real mix, and includes Fauré’s sublime Cantique de Jean Racine, Mozart’s sparkling Laudate Dominum, Hungarian and Spanish Songs, and songs, arias and duets by Bach, Binge, Mendelssohn, Quilter and Schubert, to name but a few.

In between musical offerings, these multitalented singers will recite some of their favourite poetry, making this concert a true celebration of words and music. Accompaniment will be provided on the piano by Jennie Beckwith and on the violin by Katie Hoad-Hitchings and Lizzie Howard.

Sussex Songmakers

Sussex Songmakers

This concert is part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London 2018 Spring Series.

One of the most musically diverse organisations in the country, the Brandenburg family includes two orchestras — the Brandenburg Sinfonia and Brandenburg Baroque Soloists — and several specialist ensembles.

The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London exists as a platform for amateur choirs to perform in Central London venues. It is London’s biggest and broadest celebration of all things choral — and we mean everything! 

Over the year they bring together choirs and vocal ensembles of different shapes and sizes, and from every musical background — classical and jazz, a cappella or accompanied, gospel, male voice, choral scholars, community choirs, and a whole lot more besides!

***The concert starts at 7.30pm, but the Who London group will meet at 7pm to get to know each other.***



Saint Alphonsus Liguori | Tu scendi dalle stelle
Antonio Cesti | In Torno al’ idol mio (from the opera Orontea)
Francesco Durante | Danza, danza fanciulla gentile
POEM: “A Thing of Beauty” by John Keats
Claudio Monteverdi | Chiomo D’oro
Franz Schubert | Holy, holy, holy (from the Requiem)
Franz Schubert | To Music
Giacomo Carissimi | Piangete ohime
POEM: “She walks in beauty” by Lord Byron
Johann Sebastian Bach | I will praise the Lord (duet from Cantata 37)
POEM: “The Stillness of the World” by Lars Gustafsson
Johann Sebastian Bach | Lord, see the good works of my heart (duet from Cantata 9)
POEM: “Edifying thoughts of a tobacco smoker” by Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach | Laughing and Shouting for Joy (duet from Cantata 15)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Laudate Dominum


Traditional Spanish | La Paloma Yradier
Ronald Binge | Where the gentle Avon flows
Edward McDowell | To a wild rose (from Ten Woodland Sketches)
Traditional folksong | Oh no John
Camille Saint-Saens | Ave Maria
Roger Quilter | Go lovely Rose (from Five English Love Lyrics op. 24)
POEM: “A Subaltern’s Love Song” by John Betjeman
Roger Quilter | Weep you no more
Felix Mendelssohn | On Wings of Song (from Six Songs)
Gabriel Faure | Cantique de Jean Racine
POEM: “The naming of cats” by T.S. Eliot
Cecil Armstrong Gibbs | Five Eyes
Matyas Seiber | This Old Woman (from Three Hungarian Folk Songs)

Sussex Song Makers
Jennie Beckwith — piano
Katie Hoad-Hitchings and Lizzie Howard — violins
Elizabeth Muir-Lewis — Conductor




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