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21st September 2019: Benjamin Britten – Song Cycles
7.30pm St. Peter’s Church, Black Lion Lane, London W6 9BE
“I write music for human beings.” – Benjamin Britten
Soprano: Bonnie Callaghan
Mezzo-Soprano: Laura Lamph
Tenor: James Black
Piano: Miles Lallemant
27th October 2019: ARS NOVA Copenhagen – Baltic Voices
4.00pm Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, London SW1X 9BZ
“Paul Hillier drew a consistently ravishing sound from the singers.” – New York Times
The Danish vocal group Ars Nova has been touring the world for many years and has visited more than forty countries, but so far visits to London have been rare. So don’t miss he opportunity to meet one of Scandinavia’s leading vocal ensembles!
Ars Nova specialises in the interpretation of polyphonic choral music of the renaissance and new vocal music. Its performances are marked with precision and with a sound that attracts attention worldwide. The group has recorded nearly 50 CDs featuring leading Danish composers (Nielsen, Nørgaard and Gunmundsen-Holmgreen), American ‘minimalists’ and ‘post-minimalists’ (Reich, Lang, Gordon, Cage), European early music (Taverner, Ockeghem, Byrd), a complete recording of all narrative works by Heinrich Schütz, and contemporary European composers such as Pärt, Andriesson and Skempton.
Since 2003, Paul Hillier has been the chief conductor and artistic director of Ars Nova. Hillier was founder and artistic director of first The Hilliard Ensemble and later Theatre of Voices. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to choral music. In 2007 he received the Order of the White Star of Estonia, and was awarded a Grammy for Best Choral Recording (Da Pacem – Arvo Pärt). He received another Grammy award for the David Lang CD The Little Match Girl Passion. In 2013 he was awarded the Order of Dannebrog – the Danish knighthood – by Her Majesty, Queen Margaret of Denmark.
This concert will feature music by prominent contemporary composers from most of the countries facing the Baltic Sea. From Denmark you will hear Winter Hymn by Per Nørgård. From Estonia you will find And I Heard A Voice, composed for Ars Nova by Arvo Pärt and premiered in 2018. And you will hear works by composers such as Veljo Tormis (Estonia), Rytis Mazulis (Lithuania), Karen Rehnqvist (Sweden), Santa Ratniece (Latvia), and Einojuhani Rautavaara (Finland).
9th November 2019: Celebration and Solemnity – The Music of Henry Purcell
7.30pm Apex Room, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX
“As poetry is the harmony of words, so music is that of notes; and as poetry is a rise above prose and oratory, so is music the exaltation of poetry.” – Henry Purcell
Kensington Olympia Baroque Ensemble and Singers gather under the direction of Ashley Stafford to present a programme contrasting Purcell’s secular flair and sober intensity.
In Guilty Night
Welcome to All the Pleasures
Come Ye Sons of Art, Away
Christmas Concert: Date TBC (December 2019)
Venue and date to be confirmed nearer the time – keep an eye open for news of KOFMA’s upcoming Christmas concert!
Date TBC (2020): Handel Messiah
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX
“Go to him (Handel) to learn how to achieve great effects, by such simple means.” – Beethoven
We return again to Olympia London for our annual Messiah performance. The Kensington Olympia Baroque Ensemble and Singers are led from the Harpsichord in an intimate performance of Handel’s masterpiece. This group of rising stars captivate from the first moment.