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A very warm welcome to this, our fourth Autumn Series. The Festival is a celebration of all things choral and along with our Spring Series we present well over 100 concerts a year, with something to cater for all musical tastes. One of the highlights of this Series is the first visit to the Festival by the world renowned King’s College Choir, Cambridge. Taking place in the hauntingly atmospheric Temple Church this promises to be an unforgettable choral experience. Another first this year is the addition of St Bartholomew the Great to our list of iconic London venues. This beautiful church has featured in many films from the Muppets Most Wanted to Shakespeare in Love and will provide a stunning setting, both visual and acoustic, for the Brandenburg Festival Chorus to perform Mozart's Requiem. The smaller chapel of St Bartholomew the Less, will host one of our contrasting Fringe Nights. For fans of Shakespeare we have a commemoration of 400 years since the death of the Bard with our Shakespearathon! A full day’s celebration of workshops, mini concerts and a Grand Finale featuring six contrasting choirs, exploring a wide range of Shakespearean settings. To make a booking and for full information about all our events please go to brandenburg.org.uk/autumn. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @brandenburgfest. Our Friends mailing list is free to join and the new Brandenburg Loyalty Card, which offers a range of incentives, is proving very popular among our regular patrons. The Festival could not exist without the continuing help and support from our Artistic Patron Bob Chilcott, Associate Musical Director Ralph Allwood and headline sponsors – Grange Hotels and Voyages to Antiquity. My warmest thanks to them and, Bob Porter, Artistic Director, Brandenburg of course to you, the audience! There's some terrific music in the run up to Christmas, so please do come and join us. Cover Photo Credit: Paul Grover, King’s College, Cambridge.
Tickets are available (with no booking fee) via www.brandenburg.org.uk/autumn or by phone 07528 776625. Also in person: on the door, on the day, one hour prior to the start of the concert, cash or cheque only (availability permitting).
Please check the concert pages carefully for alternate booking instructions.
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2016 Festival Concert Guide
The Cheshire Cheese Grange Wellington Hotel The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy St Bartholomew the Great St Bartholomew the Less St Clement Danes SMITF SMLB SPCG SSN TEM St Martin-in-the-Fields St Mary-le-Bow St Paul's Covent Garden St Sepulchre-without-Newgate Temple Church
Sat 10 Sep 18:00 SMITF Jesu, joy of man's desiring Sat 10 Sep 20:00 SMITF Mozart Requiem Thu 15 Sep 19:00 SMITF Vivaldi Gloria Thu 15 Sep 21:30 SMITF Rachmaninov Vespers Sun 18 Sep 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series Thu 22 Sep 20:00 Sun 25 Sep 17:00 TEM FRINGE 1 English Choral Classics
Pegasus Choir Brandenburg Singers Addison Chamber Choir Wimbledon Choral Society Brandenburg Singers at a secret location
Matthew Altham Robert Porter David Wordsworth Neil Ferris Edward Reeve Robert Porter
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For concerts taking place at St Martin-in-the-Fields
Tickets are available in person, online www.smitf.org/music and by phone 020 7766 1100 (booking fees apply). For all double concerts, combination tickets are available at reduced prices by calling the relevant Box Office. Premium package tickets comprise a reserved seat, a programme and a drink. Premium seats at St Martin's are front, central and include a cushion. For further details and access information please see:
Choir of King's College, Cambridge Stephen Cleobury Choir of Royal Holloway Vivamus Rupert Gough Rufus Frowde
Thu 29 Sep 19:00 SMITF Mozart Requiem Thu 29 Sep 21:30 SMITF Spem in alium
2016 Festival Concert Guide
Fri 07 Oct Sat 08 Oct 19:30 SPCG Parry Songs of Farewell 19:30 SPCG Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On Musici Chamber Choir Musica DK Academix Ben Horden Filipe Carvalheiro p17 p18 p19 p19 Woolwich Singers Citi Choir Telegraph Choir Benjie del Rosario p20 Dan Ludford-Thomas Robbie Jacobs p21 p22 p22 p23 Oscar Allen Thu 17 Nov 19:00 SMITF Haydn Creation Sun 23 Oct 14:00 SPCG Come & Sing Fauré Requiem Thu 27 Oct 19:00 SCD Fauré Requiem Brandenburg Singers Brandenburg Festival Chorus Robert Porter Robert Porter p23 p24 Thu 17 Nov 21:30 SMITF Spem in alium Sat 12 Nov 19:30 SPCG Remembrance Sun 13 Nov 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series Wed 16 Nov 19:00 QCOTS Fauré Requiem Sat 29 Oct Sat 29 Oct 18:00 SMLB Music for St Cecilia 20:00 SMLB JS Bach motets Ariel Consort of London NLCC Douglas Lee Matt Hamilton Sun 09 Oct 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series Wed 12 Oct 20:00 CC Fri 14 Oct FRINGE 2 Wed 02 Nov 19:30 SPCG Gospel! Thu 03 Nov 20:00 SBL Thu 10 Nov 19:30 SSN Fri 11 Nov 19:30 SBG FRINGE 3 Duruflé Requiem Mozart Requiem Choir of St Mary's, Wimbledon Brandenburg Singers Brandenburg Festival Chorus Reading Phoenix Choir Real Voices Worcester College Oxford Chapel Choir Queens’ and Emmanuel College Choirs, Cambridge Becky Chalmers Thomas Allery Edward Reeve Max Barley Robert Porter London International Gospel Choir Naveen Arles New Young Voice Collective Jane Wheeler
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19:30 SPCG Everybody Sing!
Sat 15 Oct
Addison Chamber Choir & Friends David Wordsworth Twickenham Choral Society Skolia Choir The Maidstone Singers Ensemble Voblana Christopher Herrick Elizabeth de Lacey
Thu 20 Oct 19:00 SMITF Vivaldi Gloria Thu 20 Oct 21:30 SMITF Rachmaninov Vespers Sat 22 Oct 19:30 SPCG El Camino
Lea Singers Benjamin Goodson Choir of Somerville College, Oxford
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 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.
of the building, which included The Chapel. The Wellington Suite, once known as the Refectory, still contains the religious coat of arms. In 2003 the buildings were acquired by Grange Hotels. The Festival uses both the Chapel and the Wellington Suite as innovative performance spaces.
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 Priory was dissolved in 1539 and the nave demolished, but choir and sanctuary were preserved for parish use. Several parts of the building have been damaged or destroyed through the centuries until restoration began in the 1860s under Sir Aston Webb, and on into the twentieth century. The church contains a number of works by notable artists, including a remarkable gilded statue of St Bartholomew by Damien Hirst entitled Exquisite Pain.
the original chapel shell, lit by high lunette windows above the old walls. Dance's wooden structure rotted, but in 1823 was recreated in stone with an iron ceiling. The church suffered bomb damage during the Blitz, but reopened in 1957. The 1950s stained glass windows were designed by Hugh Easton, featuring doctors and nurses, with particular dedications to those lost in WWII.
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”.
St Bartholomew the Less
West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE www.greatstbarts.com The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less lies within the ancient hospital precincts. The earliest hospital chapel, the Chapel of the Holy Cross, was founded in 1123 but moved to the present site in 1184. As a religious establishment, the hospital was dissolved by Henry VIII, but then refounded by him in 1547 as an Anglican parish church for the hospital. The entrance, tower and vestry date from the fifteenth century, and the bells within the tower hang on an original medieval bell frame (believed to be the oldest in the City). In 1793 George Dance the Younger created a new octagonal interior within
Grange Wellington Hotel
71 Vincent Square SW1P 2PA www.grangehotels.com/hotelslondon/grange-wellington/meetings-events 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
St Bartholomew the Great
West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS www.greatstbarts.com The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great was founded in 1123 as part of an Augustinian monastery.
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 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.
Cheapside EC2V 6AU www.stmarylebow.co.uk St Mary-le-Bow is in the heart of the City of London – not in Bow, East London. The name refers to an architectural feature of the crypt. The church is home to the famous Bow Bells, which called Dick Whittington back to London from Highgate Hill in 1392 to become Lord Mayor. A ‘True Cockney’ is said to be born within the sound of the bells – and as Highgate Hill is five miles from the church many may have made that claim. The Bells rang the curfew at 9 o’clock each evening from 1469 to 1876. This also signalled the end of an apprentice’s working day. The tower and bells were destroyed by the Great Fire in 1666. Sir Christopher Wren completed the new church in 1683. They were destroyed again in May 1941, and the tower now contains a new peal of twelve bells, which were rung for the first time in 1961.
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.
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 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.
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. 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
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S aturday 10 September at 6pm
S aturday 10 September at 8pm
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring
Brahms Geistliches Lied Mozart Laudate Dominum Mozart Ave Verum Corpus Rheinberger Abendlied
Mozart Adagio & Fugue in C Minor Mozart Marriage of Figaro Divertimento
Pegasus Choir Conductor - Matthew Altham
Concert lasts approximately one hour without an interval
Brandenburg Singers Brandenburg Sinfonia
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
Thursday 15 September at 7pm
Thursday 15 September at 9.30pm
Vivaldi Gloria Rachmaninov
Bach Concerto for Violin in E Major Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Addison Chamber Choir Brandenburg Baroque Soloists
Conductor Box office: 020 7766 1100
Rachmaninov Vespers 1-6 Gorecki Totus Tuus Wood Hail, Gladdening Light
Wimbledon Choral Society Conductor - Neil Ferris
Concert lasts approximately one hour without an interval
Tickets £29 (premium) £25 £22 £18 £13 £9
Tickets £14 (unreserved)
Box office: 020 7766 1100 www.smitf.org/music
S unday 18 September at 5.30pm
Thursday 22 September at 8pm
Grange Wellington Hotel
CLUB NIGHT at a secret location...
Brandenburg Sunday Series
A relaxing early evening concert with the option of a sumptuous Grange afternoon tea
The Fringe Club returns to our favourite secret location.
Membership £10 for the evening See fringe details on page 14
Robert Porter & Edward Reeve
Tickets £23 (premium) £18 (unreserved) children £5
Box office: 07528 776625
BRANDENBURG FESTIVAL FRINGE CLUB
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S unday 25 September at 5pm
English Choral Classics
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Britten A Hymn to the Virgin Finzi Lo, the Full, Final, Sacrifice Elgar Light of the world Vaughan Williams Valiant-for-Truth Parry Blest Pair of Sirens
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Conductor - Stephen Cleobury
Tickets £30 (unreserved)
Box office: 07528 776625 www.brandenburg.org.uk/autumn