15A brochure


Embed or link this publication


Autumn Series brochure

Popular Pages

p. 1

Sponsored by


p. 2

2 Box Office Tickets for all events other than at St Martin’s available from Brandenburg (no booking fees): • online: www.brandenburg.org.uk/autumn • • by phone: 07528 776625 • in person: on the door, on the day, 1 hour prior to the start of the concert (availability permitting). Please note cash and cheque payments only. Further details, including opening times and access information, available at www.brandenburg.org.uk/autumn. For concerts taking place at St Martin-in-the-Fields: Tickets available online and by phone from www.smitf.org.uk/music 020 7766 1100 (booking fees apply) or in person at the St Martin's box office (no booking fee) Morten Lauridsen - 2015 Artistic Patron "I am deeply honored to be named Artistic Patron for the 2015 Brandenburg Choral Festival. This acclaimed series of concerts features an abundance of outstanding choruses led by distinguished conductors presenting choral works both old and new in a wide variety of historic venues. Over the years I have been privileged to concertize and record often in the UK so have witnessed first-hand the astonishingly high level of choral artistry in the UK. I invite you all now to experience and indeed revel in this celebration of choral music at its finest during this splendid festival.” www.brandenburg.org.uk


p. 3

3 I am delighted to welcome you to this, our third Autumn Series. There are now well over a hundred concerts a year under the umbrella of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London and we strive to bring you the very best in choral music, ranging from the classical repertoire to jazz and madrigals. We begin and end the Season at the glorious church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, opening with a double concert comprising Mozart Requiem and Rachmaninov Vespers, and closing with another double, appropriately Haydn Farewell Symphony alongside his Mass in Time of War and Allegri Miserere. In between we have four of our ever popular ‘Come & Sing’ days, including two with Ralph Allwood, who has graciously agreed to be our current Associate Music Director. There are three new venues, St Giles-in–the-Fields which has a strong tradition of classical music, the intimate Grange Wellington Chapel in Vincent Square and St Gabriel’s Church Pimlico. We continue to bring you something ‘completely different’ at our Fringe Nights and return to the atmospheric Crypt at St Martin’s for an evening of jazz. For more information on all these concerts and to book tickets, please go to our website www.brandenburg.org.uk. Here you can also join our free mailing list and find out how to become more involved by helping out at concerts as one of our valued Ambassadors. You can also ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @brandenburgfest for the very latest news. I am especially pleased to welcome our new sponsor, Grange Hotels. Not only are they supporting the Autumn Series but we are presenting a concert in the converted Chapel of the Wellington Grange Hotel. There’s a fabulous season of music this Autumn – so do come and join us! Bob Porter, Artistic Director, Brandenburg


p. 4

4 2015 Festival Event Guide Thu 10 Sep 19:00 SMITF Mozart Requiem Thu 10 Sep 21:30 SMITF Rachmaninov Vespers Sat 12 Sep 19:30 SCD Tue 15 Sep 20:00 CC Most Heavenly Music! Fringe Club Mosaic Chamber Choir Lea Singers Late! St Cyprian's Singers Julian Collings Greg Tassell Ralph Allwood Louise Rapple Moore Benjamin Gaughran Benjamin Goodson Twickenham Choral Society The Epiphoni Consort Godwine Choir Christopher Herrick Tim Reader p11 p11 Edward Hughes + Alex Davan Wetton p12 p12 p13 CC GWC QCOTS SBWB Cheshire Cheese Grange Wellington Chapel Queen's Chapel of the Savoy St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate SC SCD SGF SGP Swiss Church St Clement Danes St Giles-in-the-Fields St Gabriel's Pimlico Wed 14 Oct 19:30 SCD Choral Classics Singingworks Akademisk Kor Århus Skolia Choir Voices Münchenstein + Moving Chamber Choir Voices Münchenstein + The Cecilian Singers A choral adventure Late! Pegasus The Gesualdo Six Darron Moore Ole Faurschou Elizabeth de Lacey David Rossel + Patrick Allies David Rossel +Jeremy Jackman with Dan Ludford-Thomas p19 p20 p20 p21 p21 p22 p22 Thu 15 Oct 19:00 SMITF Brahms Requiem Thu 15 Oct 21:30 SMITF Spem in alium Fri 16 Oct 19:30 SC Sat 17 Oct 19:30 SCD Swiss Sounds A String of Pearls Sat 26 Sep 18:00 SMITF Allegri Miserere Sat 26 Sep 20:00 SMITF Mozart Requiem Wed 30 Sep 21:00 Fringe Club Sat 3 Oct 19:30 SJSG Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor Mon 5 Oct 19:30 SC Sat 10 Oct 11:00 SGP Sat 10 Oct 19:30 SCD Mon 12 Oct19:30 SCD p13 p15 p16 Sat 24 Oct 19:30 SCD Fauré Requiem Sun 18 Oct 14:00 SPCG Come & Sing Thu 22 Oct 21:00 p16 Fri 30 Oct 19:30 GWC Best of British Fringe Club Matthew Altham Owain Park p23 p23 p24 The Owl and the Dicky Bird Aether Ensemble Come & Sing Madrigals Chilcott Requiem Rodolfus Choir Tamesis Chamber Choir p17 Mon 2 Nov 20:00 CC p17 Wed 4 Nov 20:00 SMITF* Jazz in the Crypt Guildhall Jazz Singers Ralph Allwood p24 p25 p18 Sat 7 Nov 11:00 SBWB Come & Sing Elijah Fringe Club Eventide + Fauré Requiem Addison Singers & Tiffin Boys' Choir + Choir of Royal Holloway David Wordsworth + Rupert Gough


p. 5

VENUES SJSG St James's Sussex Gardens SMITF St Martin-in-the-Fields SMITF*St Martin-in-the-Fields Crypt SPCG St Paul's Covent Garden SSN TC St Sepulchre-without-Newgate Temple Church 5 St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate Excalibur Voices Worcester College Oxford Chapel Choir Duncan Aspden Thomas Allery p25 p26 p26 p27 p27 p28 p28 p29 Simon Shaw + Liz Swain John Baird + Robert Porter p30 Sun 8 Nov 18:00 SCD Remembrance in song Mon 9 Nov 19:00 QCOTS Victoria Requiem Sat 14 Nov 19:30 SGF Sun 15 Nov 14:00 SCD Tue 17 Nov 19:00 TC A Choral Celebration Gaudeamus + The Lost Sound Ruth Brown + Sandra Smith Come & Sing Fauré Requiem Robert Porter Fauré Requiem Brandenburg Singers + Brandenburg Festival Chorus Robert Porter Ralph Allwood Alexander Campkin Thu 19 Nov 19:00 SMITF Vivaldi Four Seasons + Gloria Inner Voices Thu 19 Nov 21:30 SMITF Rachmaninov Vespers Thu 19 Nov 21:00 Sat 21 Nov 19:30 SSN Fringe Club Madrigals and Merriment Illumination Late! Waltham Madrigals + Sound Bishopsgate EC2M 3TL www.botolph.org.uk The current church is the fourth on this site. Although the saxon church (from 1212 or earlier) survived the Great Fire in 1666, it fell in to disrepair and was demolished in 1725. Its replacement was built in 1729 to designs by James Gould. Having survived the Great Fire and World War II with only the loss of one window, on 24 April 1993 it was damaged by the IRA bomb in Bishopsgate. After three and a half years of extensive restoration, the church and its records were returned to their former glory, including a new stained glass window commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Bowyers. house situated in Little Essex Street, opposite St Clement Danes church. Concerts will take place in the intimate and atmospheric upstairs room – the perfect Fringe venue. St Clement Danes Strand, London WC2R 1DH www.raf.mod.uk/stclementdanes St Clement Danes is situated across from The Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. It is one of the two 'island churches', the other being St Mary-le-Strand, and is claimed to be the one featured in the nursery rhyme ‘Oranges and Lemons’ – and indeed the bells do play that tune! The church was completed in 1682 by Sir Christopher Wren, but almost completely destroyed during the London Blitz on 10 May 1941, its interior gutted by fire. Following an appeal for funds by the RAF, the church was completely restored, and reconsecrated on 19 October 1958 to become the “Central Church of the Royal Air Force”. continued over ...> The Cheshire Cheese 5 Little Essex Street, WC2R 3LD 020 7836 2347 The charmingly quirky Cheshire Cheese (not to be confused with the famous Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street) is a Tudor style public Thu 26 Nov 19:00 SMITF Haydn Mass in Time of War Medici Choir Thu 26 Nov 21:30 SMITF Allegri Miserere Trinity Laban Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir Ralph Allwood p30


p. 6

6 VENUES St Gabriel's Pimlico Warwick Square SW1V 2AD www.stgabrielspimlico.com In a rapidly growing corner of 1850s London the Marquis of Westminster, who then owned all the land, granted the freehold of a plot at the southwest end of Warwick Square and £5,000 for the building of a church. The building was designed by Thomas Cundy Junior, Surveyor of the Grosvenor Estates, and consecrated in May 1853. Over the years various improvements and extensions followed, including the addition of the Lady Chapel at the south of the chapel, and insertion of the beautiful East window designed by C E Kempe, one of the great Victorian stainedglass window designers. During the Second World War a single bomb blew out most of the windows, but spared the East window – which now forms a magnificent centrepiece in this light, airy cathedral-like venue. St Giles-in-the-Fields 60 St Giles High Street WC2H 8LG stgilesonline.org There has been a house of prayer on this site since 1101 when Queen Matilda, wife of Henry I, founded a leper hospital – far outside the city of London. When Henry VIII dissolved all religious houses in England, the hospital and its endowments were confiscated by the Crown, and in 1542 the hospital chapel became a parish church. The site continued its gruesome history for many centuries, linked as it was with capital punishment. During the fifteenth century, gallows were sited in the north-west corner of the Churchyard. At the gate, condemned criminals were offered a bowl of ale – the 'St Giles's Bowl' – as their last refreshment in this life. The current building is the third church on the site, dating from 1733 designed by the architect Henry Flitcroft – who went on to design Woburn Abbey. Designed in the palladian style, its shape and acoustic provide the perfect venue for choral concerts. St James’s Sussex Gardens Sussex Gardens, Paddington W2 3UD www.stjamespaddington.org.uk St James’s Sussex Gardens is the Parish Church of Paddington. The site dates back to before 1222 as a chapel, followed by the church of St Katherine and later St James’s. The 1843 church was deemed too small by the early 1880s and G E Street – architect of the Law Courts in the Strand – was engaged to redesign the church, which was reconsecrated in December 1882. In May 1884, Constance Mary Lloyd married Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde in St James’s. for both its work with homeless people and its programme of concerts, which number over 350 per year. This beautiful building was completely refurbished in 2008 and has a superb acoustic. The Brandenburg Orchestras are delighted to have played here many times over the past 20 years, including a concert to celebrate the installation of the new East Window which was designed by the Turner Prize nominee Shirazeh Houshiary. St Martin’s remains the geographical, artistic and spiritual heart of the Brandenburg Choral Festival. St Paul’s Church Covent Garden Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED www.actorschurch.org Located in the heart of the West End overlooking Covent Garden Piazza, St Paul's Church is affectionately known as 'The Actors' Church', due to a long association with the theatre community. Designed by Inigo Jones in 1633, this beautiful church often serves as a theatre and concert venue. Its award-winning courtyard garden is a haven of tranquility in the busy West End. St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ www.smitf.org/music There has been a church on this site since medieval times but the present building was designed by James Gibbs in the neoclassical style and completed in 1726 at a cost of £33,661.00. It is dedicated to St Martin of Tours and today is famous


p. 7

VENUES 7 The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy Savoy Hill, Strand, London WC2R 0DA www.royalchapelsavoy.org The Chapel belongs to Her Majesty The Queen in Her Right as Duke of Lancaster. It is a 'free' chapel or 'peculiar' not falling within any bishop's jurisdiction, but remaining firmly within the Church of England. It is the last surviving building of a hospital founded by Henry VII for homeless people in 1512. It is a beautiful, intimate space for a concert with a fine acoustic and a splendid Walker organ. The Execution Bell – a hand bell on display in the church – was rung by the St Sepulchre's bellman at midnight of an execution day. More happily, in the 20th Century, St Sepulchre's has become known as the “National Musicians' Church”. A young Henry Wood learned to play the organ there, and was appointed Assistant Organist aged 14. In 1944 his ashes were laid to rest in what is now called “The Musicians' Chapel”. Temple Church Temple EC4Y 7BB www.templechurch.com The Temple Church serves the Inner and Middle Temple – two of England's four ancient societies of lawyers, the Inns of Court. The Church was built in the late twelfth century by the Knights Templar as their English headquarters. It was heavily damaged in World War II but has been largely restored. Temple is famous for being a round church, and for its effigy tombs. It featured in the controversial popular novel ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and was used as a location in the movie of the book. The release of doves in the round church in the film relate to the recording of ‘O for the wings of a dove’ by Ernest Lough, the most famous boy soprano to come from Temple Church. Grange Wellington Chapel 71 Vincent Square SW1P 2PA www.grangehotels.com/hotelslondon/grange-wellington/meetingsevents/the-chapel In 1828 the Duke of Wellington, victor of the Battle of Waterloo and then Prime Minister, chaired a public meeting which led to the launch of King’s College London. The College was granted a royal charter by King George IV a year later, and eventually became a place of theological study in 1846, as a dedicated Halls of Residence for training Church of England clergy. In 1923 an additional wing was added to the west side of the building, which included the Chapel. The Wellington Room, once known as the Refectory, still contains the religious coat of arms. In 1983 the building was repurposed as a student hall of residence for King’s College London, and the grounds retained within the Diocese of London until 2003 when they were acquired by Grange Hotels. Swiss Church 79 Endell Street, London WC2H 9DY www.swisschurchlondon.org.uk Rooted in the Swiss reformation of the sixteenth century, the Swiss Church in London is a truly inclusive church. It was established in 1762 by a group of expatriot Swiss, originally on a site in Soho. The current church – a beautiful Grade II listed building – dates from 1855. Despite a catastrophic fire in 1930 and bomb damage during the war, the church was rebuilt, and continues as a centre for the Swiss community, enjoying its own musical tradition, and its support of contemporary arts. St Sepulchre-without-Newgate Holborn Viaduct EC1A 2DQ www.st-sepulchre.org.uk St Sepulchre is the largest parish church in the City of London, with a history dating back to 1137. It was rebuilt in 1450, only to suffer in the Great Fire of 1666. Its shell was rebuilt by Wren's masons in 1670-71. Situated near to the Old Bailey and Newgate Prison, St Sepulchre's shares some pretty gruesome history.


p. 8

8 THE BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRAS The BRANDENBURG SINFONIA AND BRANDENBURG BAROQUE SOLOISTS are two of the most popular and dynamically versatile musical organisations in the country. Playing on modern (BS) and original period (BBS) instruments, they are both renowned for their special quality of sound and poised vivacity in performance. The Orchestras perform regularly in the majority of the major venues across the country and in London at the Barbican Halls, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls and St John's Smith Square. Highlights of the schedules include both the BRANDENBURG CHORAL FESTIVAL OF LONDON and the THAXTED FESTIVAL, for which they are the resident orchestras. A large number of artists of international standing have worked with the orchestras including Richard Bonynge, James Bowman, Sir James Galway, Lesley Garrett, John Georgiadis, Gordon Hunt, Emma Webber and members give over one hundred Johnson, Emma Kirkby, Yvonne Kenny and John performances of orchestral, chamber, choral and Wallace. Repertoire ranges from Monteverdi to Lloyd operatic music during the year. Jones’ Creative Services Limited for inspired printing call: 01372 379951 or email: studio@jonescreative.co.uk or visit: www.jonescreative.co.uk WE SIMPLY LOVE LIVE CHORAL MUSIC, THE BAROQUE AND WHAT WE ARE ABLE TO DO IN SUPPORT! SUPPORTING VIRTUOSITY AND PASSION WITH CREATIVITY, ECONOMY AND OUR OWN PASSION Designers and Printers to Brandenburg


p. 9

9 THE BRANDENBURG TEAM Artistic Director Robert Porter Associate Music Director Ralph Allwood MBE Concert Manager Jane Kersley Marketing Manager Katherine Wood Editor Celia Kent Print & Design Consultant Dick Jones - J’CSL Artistic Patron Morten Lauridsen General Manager Fran Birch Development Officer Claudia Jenkins Administrator Mervion Kirwood Administrator Karin Hayes Friends Chairman Tim Rooke 2015 - CHARITIES To date, over 70 charities have joined our fundraising initiative which offers small to medium-sized charitable organisations the opportunity to raise funds and awareness - with NO financial commitment - by linking to one of our concerts. If you know of a charity which could benefit from this opportunity or you are a company looking to expand your CSR, further information and a list of our charity partners can be seen on our website. Please get in touch with Development Officer, Claudia Jenkins at dev@brandenburg.org.uk The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London is a collective of like-minded promoters dedicated to high quality choral performance including: Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra Ltd, JK Management, Fran Birch Music, Oxford Concert Promotions Ltd www.brandenburg.org.uk


p. 10

10 A MESSAGE FROM RALPH ALLWOOD MBE I was delighted when Bob Porter invited me to become Associate Musical Director of this admirable organisation. There is a burgeoning enthusiasm for choral music in this country, and the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London provides an outlet for some first class performing groups as well as an excellent series of concerts not only for seasoned and enthusiastic listeners, but also for those who may be coming to experience this kind of choral music for the first time. Those people won't be sorry, and I can guarantee many more visits. ralphallwood.com Visit your local music shop Barbican Chimes Music Cromwell Tower • Silk Street • London EC2Y 8DD Tel: 020 7588 9242 Email: barbican@chimesmusic.com Email: barbican@chimesmusic.com facebook.com/barbicanchimesmusic f Academy Chimes Music: 020 7873 7400 Kensington Chimes Music: 020 789 9054 Also at: www.chimesmusic.com


p. 11

Thursday 10 September at 7pm Thursday 10 September at 9.30pm 11 St Martin-in-the-Fields St Martin-in-the-Fields Mozart Requiem Rachmaninov by candlelight Adagio & Fugue in C Minor Marriage of Figaro Divertimento Twickenham Choral Society Brandenburg Sinfonia Conductor - Christopher Herrick Vespers by candlelight The Epiphoni Consort Conductor - Tim Reader Concert lasts approximately one hour without an interval Tickets £29 (premium) £25 £22 £18 £13 £9 Box office: 020 7766 1100 www.smitf.org/music Tickets £14 (unreserved) Box office: 020 7766 1100 www.smitf.org/music


p. 12

12 S aturday 12 September at 7.30pm Tuesday 15 September at 8pm St Clement Danes at the Cheshire Cheese... Most Heavenly Music! English poetry in song, including Vaughan Williams beautiful Shakespeare Songs Godwine Choir Conductors - Fringe Club The first Club Night this Autumn, set in our special cosy pub venue including the marvellous Morrigan Membership £10 for the evening See fringe details on page 14 Edward Hughes & Alex Davan Wetton www.brandenburg.org.uk/autumn Tickets £18 (unreserved) children £5 Box office: 07528 776625


p. 13

S aturday 26 September at 6pm S aturday 26 September at 8pm 13 St Martin-in-the-Fields St Martin-in-the-Fields Allegri Miserere by candlelight Mozart Requiem by candlelight Eine kleine Nachtmusik Marriage of Figaro Divertimento Lea Singers Brandenburg Sinfonia Conductor - Mosaic Chamber Choir Conductor - Benjamin Gaughran Concert lasts approximately one hour without an interval Benjamin Goodson www.smitf.org/music Tickets £14 (unreserved) Box office: 020 7766 1100 www.smitf.org/music Tickets £33 (premium) £29 £25 £22 £16 £9 Box office: 020 7766 1100


p. 14

14 Brandenburg Festival Fringe Club - Choral – with a twist! Don’t fancy another Requiem? Why not join us for something completely different! The Cheshire Cheese on Essex St with its quirky and characterful upstairs room and our Secret Venue – an intimate theatrical club in Covent Garden with the cheapest drinks in town. (We’ll reveal the location when you book.) Membership is a bargain – Our informal and fun Fringe Nights are like miniature just £10 for each Club Night. variety shows and providing the a cappella antics this This Autumn we have 5 fabulous Fringe Nights to choose Season are Morrigan, Pindrop, Take Twenty and a whole from, so grab some friends and we’ll see you in the bar! host more. Any questions, email Each night two contrasting groups will perform anything brandenadmin@brandenburg.org.uk from pop to folk, jazz to musical theatre and madrigals to or call us on the day for last minute availability gospel in one of our two great venues: on 07528 776625. Book now at www.brandenburg.org.uk/fringe-club


p. 15

Wednesday 30 September at 9pm 15 at a secret location... U3A is a unique and exciting self-help educational movement for people no longer in full-time work. U3A offers: • The opportunity to pursue learning for sheer enjoyment and for its own sake • Shared learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups • Colour magazine, Third Age Matters, published 5 times a year • Residential summer schools • Unique U3A events covering the arts, humanities and sciences with plenty of social activities To find your nearest U3A please contact The Third Age Trust on: 020 8466 6139 national.office@u3a.org.uk Fringe Club Late The Fringe Club goes late night in our favourite secret location, starting at the new time of 9pm... Membership £10 for the evening See fringe details on page 14 www.u3a.org.uk



no comments yet