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AUTUMN SERIES 2017

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AWARD -WINNING CRUISES BRITAIN • MEDITERRANEAN • ICELAND • SCOTTISH ISLES WINNER 2015AWARDS VOYAGES TO ANTIQUITY BEST FOR ENRICHMENT Proud to be partners with • Featuring over 25 new ports of call and exceptional value • Flights, excursions, gratuities, transfers and hotel stays included For more information or a brochure visit voyagestoantiquity.com or call 01865 410107

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A very warm welcome to the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London Autumn Series, which concludes the Festival’s eighth year. We are absolutely delighted to introduce award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre as the Festival’s Artistic Patron. While the Festival has grown from just six concerts in its first year to around 120 today, our mission has always been the same: to showcase some of the finest choirs in unique London venues. Whether you want to hear scores of voices join together to perform classical masterpieces in a candlelit St Martin-in-the-Fields, or a small vocal quartet sing traditional folk tunes in the upstairs room of a pub, the Brandenburg Choral Festival has something for every taste. As ever, we bring you the full range of choral favourites such as Mozart Requiem, Rachmaninov Vespers and Tallis Spem in alium, alongside more recent works from composers such as Tippett, Howells and our own Artistic Patron Eric Whitacre. A little too serious for you? Then you might want to join us on Friday 6 October, when the Brandenburg Festival will be sprinkled with Disney pixie dust magic… Don’t forget to also take a look at our Fringe Nights and Brandenburg Sunday Series performances, when we present some of our favourite smaller vocal groups. Or join in the singing yourself at one of our ever-popular Come & Sing days. Full details of all our events are available in this brochure and on our website: www.brandenburg.org.uk/festival. You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Our Friends mailing list is free to join and our new Festival Loyalty Card is proving popular amongst our regular attendees: ask one of our Ambassadors for more details. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Eric Whitacre for his support as Artistic Patron, Rupert Gough our Associate Music Director, our headline sponsors Grange Hotels and Voyages to Antiquity, all our volunteer Ambassadors, and everyone else whose hard work makes this Festival possible. Bob Porter, Artistic Director, Brandenburg Cover picture courtesy: Sera Knight • www.seraknight.co.uk I hope to see you at a performance soon. 3

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4 Box Office 2017 Festival Concert Guide Tickets are available (with no booking fee) via www.brandenburg.org.uk/festival 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. 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: www.brandenburg.org.uk/box-office CC The Cheshire Cheese GC Gresham Centre GWH Grange Wellington Hotel HS The Horse & Stables HTC Holy Trinity Church MB Metro Bank Holborn QCOTS The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy SBWB St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate SGF St Giles-in-the-Fields SGP St Gabriel's Pimlico SKC St Katharine Cree SMITF St Martin-in-the-Fields SMITF* St Martin's Cafe-in-the-Crypt SPCG St Paul's Covent Garden SSGR St Stephen's Gloucester Road SSN St Sepulchre-without-Newgate TEM Temple Church Sat 02 Sep 18:00 SMITF Mozart Requiem Sat 02 Sep 21:00 SMITF Rachmaninov Vespers Sun 10 Sep 14:00 GC Come & Sing Fauré Requiem Thu 14 Sep 19:00 SMITF Fauré Requiem Thu 14 Sep 21:30 SMITF Allegri Miserere Sun 17 Sep 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series Fri 22 Sep 19:30 SKC Fauré Requiem Wed 27 Sep 19:30 SPCG MIO Office Choir Winners 2017 Thu 28 Sep 19:00 SMITF Vivaldi Gloria Thu 28 Sep 21:30 SMITF Rachmaninov Vespers Tue 03 Oct 20:00 CC FRINGE Brandenburg Singers The Purcell Singers with Bob Porter Brandenburg Festival Chorus Minerva Consort The Fisher Consort Deloitte Choir & MEC Real Voices English Baroque Choir New Cambridge Singers Morrigan Edward Reeve Mark Ford Robert Porter Robert Porter John Andrews Jonathan Schranz p13 p13 p14 p15 p15 p16 p17 Becky Chalmers Jeremy Jackman Graham Walker p17 p18 p18 p19

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2017 Festival Concert Guide 5 Fri 06 Oct 19:30 SPCG The Original Disney Medley! Disney Voices Choir Emma Taylor Sat 07 Oct 19:30 SKC International Gospel Celebration! 2 The Lord Gospelfabrikken London International Gospel Choir Jenny Carlsson Ingelin Dahl Helbø Naveen Arles Sun 08 Oct 14:00 SSGR Come & Sing Messiah Choruses with Bob Porter Robert Porter Wed 11 Oct 20:00 SMITF* Jazz in the Crypt London International Gospel Choir Naveen Arles Sat 14 Oct 20:00 SSGR Messiah with Brass BFC and Brandenburg Brass Band Robert Porter Sun 15 Oct 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series Mon 16 Oct 20:00 HS FRINGE Sat 21 Oct 19:30 HTC Dvorak Mass in D Addison Oratorio Choir David Wordsworth Tue 24 Oct 14:00 QCOTS Tippett Spirituals The Vale of Clwyd Singers Robert Sells Thu 26 Oct 18:30 MB FRINGE Fri 27 Oct 19:00 SMITF Mozart Requiem Emmanuel College Cambridge Richard Latham Fri 27 Oct 21:30 SMITF Allegri Miserere Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir Ralph Allwood Sat 28 Oct 11:00 SGP Come & Sing Mozart Requiem with Ralph Allwood and Rodolfus Choir Ralph Allwood Sat 28 Oct 19:30 SKC Barber Agnus Dei New London Chamber Choir Matthew Hamilton Sun 29 Oct 19:00 SBWB If Music be the Food of Love The Maidstone Singers Kathryn Ridgeway Thu 02 Nov 19:00 SMITF Fauré Requiem Choir of Royal Holloway Rupert Gough Thu 02 Nov 21:30 SMITF Allegri Miserere Duruflé Requiem Tiffin Boys’and Girls’Choirs James Day p20 p20 p21 p22 p23 p23 p24 p24 p25 p25 p26 p26 p27 p27 p28 p29 p29 Fri 03 Nov 19:30 SSN The Rhythm of Life Lux Aeterna Sat 04 Nov 18:00 SKC 40th Anniversary Concert Sat 04 Nov 21:00 SKC Singet dem Herrn Sun 05 Nov 17:00 SPCG Mendelssohn Hear my Prayer Tue 07 Nov 19:00 TEM Ave Verum Corpus Thu 09 Nov 19:30 SPCG O Quam Gloriosum Fri 10 Nov 19:30 SSN Mozart Requiem Sat 11 Nov 19:30 SGF Whitacre Alleluia Sun 12 Nov 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series Wed 15 Nov 19:00 QCOTS Bruckner Motets Sat 18 Nov 18:00 SKC Wide Open Spaces Tue 21 Nov 20:00 FRINGE Thu 23 Nov 19:00 SKC Howells Requiem Debussy Trois Chansons Thu 23 Nov 21:30 SKC Jazz Gig Sat 25 Nov 18:00 SMITF Brahms Requiem Sat 25 Nov 21:00 SMITF Spem in alium West Malling Community Choir Etcetera Civil Service Choir The Bromley Boy Singers The Ariel Consort of London Minerva Consort Oriel College Oxford Iken Scholars Brandenburg Festival Chorus Mosaic Chamber Choir Worcester College Oxford Kaleidoscope Singers Vocal Fusion Acapella Trinity Laban Chamber Choir Rubythroat James Pearson Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir Twickenham Choral Society Kathryn Ridgeway p30 Stephen Hall Travis Baker p30 Douglas Lee p31 John Andrews p31 David Maw p32 Matthew Dunn p32 Robert Porter p33 Benjamin Gaughran p33 p34 Thomas Allery p34 Zoe Peate p35 Linda Hirst p35 p36 p36 Ralph Allwood p37 Christopher Herrick p37

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6 VENUES The Cheshire Cheese 5 Little Essex Street, WC2R 3LD www.thecheshirecheese.co.uk 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. Grange Wellington Hotel 71 Vincent Square SW1P 2PA www.grangehotels.com/hotelslondon/grange-wellington/meetings-events In 1828 the Duke ofWellington, 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 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. Gresham Centre St Anne & St Agnes Church, London EC2V 7BX greshamcentre.com The Gresham Centre is an international centre for vocal excellence and outreach, based in the Church of St Anne & St Agnes on Gresham Street. Built by Sir ChristopherWren after the Great Fire of London, it was severely damaged during World War II. After major rebuilding it was reconsecrated in 1966 and became home to the Lutheran congregation, with a great support of musical performance. In June 2013 the Lutherans handed over the church to the Voces Cantabiles Music Foundation. The Horse & Stables 122-124 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7RW www.thehorseandstables.co.uk A stone’s throw from Waterloo, this family run pub and hostel is a traditional pub with a twist… recently renovated, our concerts will take place in the decadent upstairs function room. Holy Trinity Church Prince Consort Road, London www.htsk.co.uk HolyTrinity Church began its history as a chapel in the Knightsbridge area, attached to a leper hospital founded by Westminster Abbey, who to this day are patrons of HolyTrinity.The chapel was rebuilt in 1629, 1699, renovated in 1789 and rebuilt again in 1861. In 1901, it was demolished and a new church was erected in Prince Consort Road, to the designs of G F Bodley. Holy Trinity was a late addition to the churches in Kensington; in 1842 there were only three churches in the area but over the next 35 years, fourteen new parishes were established, the design and building of which involved many of the best Victorian ecclesiastical architectsoftheday. WhenthesiteforHolyTrinitywas found it was just in Kensington and the new church was planned as Holy Trinity South Kensington. It still carries this title even though by 1901 the land had been ceded to Westminster in exchange for Kensington Palace, which at Queen Victoria’s behest had been moved fromWestminster to Kensington. Metro Bank One Southampton Row, London WC1B 5HA www.metrobankonline.co.uk The current flagship store of Metro Bank – the first new bank in England in 100 years – has a rich history. Southampton Row was once home to conductor and cellist Sir John Barbirolli, and Leo Szilard the famous physicist. Its inhabitants continue to break new ground, Metro Bank being the latest inhabitants to join a prestigious list.The upper room at the Holborn branch is a new and different venue which will add an edge of modernity to our Fringe venues.

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VENUES The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy Savoy Hill, Strand, London WC2R 0DA www.royalchapelsavoy.org The Chapel belongs to Her MajestyThe 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 splendidWalker organ. St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate 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, under the supervision of George Dance. 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. Restoration work following the bombing included a fine new stained glass window commissioned by theWorshipful Company of Bowyers; more recently the interior was completely refurbished and can now be seen again in its full Georgian splendour. 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 stained-glass 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 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 Katharine Cree 86 Leadenhall St, London EC3A 3BP www.sanctuaryinthecity.net Now known as the Guild Church to Finance, Commerce and Industry, the present building dates from 1630, although the tower dates from 1504 and was part of the previous church on the site, which itself originally formed part of the mediaeval Priory of the Holy Trinity (1108). Its imposing Jacobean architecture is unique in London. The church is Grade I listed, having survived the Great Fire of 1666, the Second World War (with some damage to the roof) and the Baltic Exchange bomb of 1993, which blew out the central part of the seventeenth-century east window. Handel and Purcell are part of the church’s history, as both played on the organ, which still retains some of its outstanding seventeenth-century pipework. 7

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8 VENUES St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square WC2N 4JJ www.smitf.org Overlooking Trafalgar Square, St Martin's lies at the geographical, artistic and spiritual centre of the Brandenburg Choral Festival. The Brandenburg orchestras have enjoyed performing many concerts in its superb acoustic over the years here and the recent refurbishment has transformed it into a wonderful venue for concerts. St Martin's is also home to the Café in the Crypt, host to Jazz in the Crypt. 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 busyWest End. 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. 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 Twentieth 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. St Stephen’s Gloucester Road Gloucester Road and Southwell Gardens, London SW7 4RL www.saint-stephen.org.uk St Stephen’s Church is a Grade II* listed Anglican church in South Kensington’s tourist and museum district, and for nearly 150 years it has served the needs of the local community and visitors from all over the world. The church was built in 1867, and is one of the best remaining churches by the 'rogue' Victorian architect Joseph Peacock. St Stephen’s was the parish of poet TS Eliot, and he served as Church Warden from 1934 to 1959. 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 WorldWar 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 novelThe DaVinci 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 Oforthewingsofadove by Ernest Lough, the most famous boy soprano to come fromTemple Church.

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THE BRANDENBURG TEAM Artistic Director Robert Porter Associate Music Director Rupert Gough Fringe Director Naveen Arles Concert Manager Jane Kersley Development Officer Rosie Williams Friends Chairman Tim Rooke Artistic Patron Eric Whitacre Associate Conductor Edward Reeve General Manager Alison Hunt Marketing Manager Marc Gascoigne Adminstrators Karin Hayes & Mervion Kirwood Print & Design Consultant Dick Jones contact: admin@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, Oxford Concert Promotions Ltd. 2017 ARTISTIC PATRON ERIC WHITACRE “The diversity of repertoire and range of performers in the Brandenburg series, year on year, is extraordinary, and it is my great honor to be a part of this creative and inspirational family that thrives at the heart of London’s vibrant music scene.” 9

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10 THE BRANDENBURG ORCHESTRAS The BRANDENBURG SINFONIA and the BRANDENBURG BAROQUE SOLOISTS are two of the most dynamic, versatile and active musical organisations in the country. Spanning both modern instruments (Sinfonia) and original period instruments (Baroque Soloists), the two ensembles present a varied repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Lloyd Webber in over one hundred performances a year. Highlights of their schedules include the biannual BRANDENBURG CHORAL FESTIVAL OF LONDON which brings a varied and eclectic programme of music to iconic venues in the city, and the THAXTED FESTIVAL, for which they are 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 Johnson, Emma Kirkby, Yvonne Kenny and John Wallace. “Played with a verve and sparkle.” - The Times. “… the chamber orchestra was consistently well shaded and nuanced” - Daily Telegraph.

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BRANDENBURG FESTIVAL LOYALT Y CARD Pick up your special Brandenburg Festival Loyalty Card at any of our concerts! Collect a stamp for every Festival event you attend and, when you have enough, trade them in for FREE TICKETS AND UPGRADES! And remember there's no time limit on the card, so if you have one in your pocket from a previous season you can still use it to claim your Brandenburg reward. Ask one of our ambassadors for a card or further details. 2017 ASSOCIATE MUSIC DIRECTOR RUPERT GOUGH “It gives me great pleasure to be Associate Music Director for the Brandenburg Choral Festival for 2017. Over the last few years the Festival has proved beyond measure that there is wonderful appetite for choral music in our capital city. No other London festival brings together some of the finest professional and amateur choirs in the country in such a diverse range of venues within the city. I am delighted to be involved in the planning for this season and hope that alongside the opportunity to hear so many of the great choral classics, audiences will enjoy some new musical experiences along the way.” 11

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12 BRANDENBURG FESTIVAL FRINGE CLUB And now for something completely different! Grab a drink, sit back and get ready for a night of toetapping vocal high jinks in the Brandenburg Choral Festival Fringe nights. With the likes of The Naked Choir and Pitch Battle cropping up on TV, a cappella has never been more popular - but why stay at home when you can have the real thing? We’ve found the best vocal groups around, scouted out London’s quirkiest venues, mixed the two together and created the Fringe Club. With multiple acts each evening singing anything from pop to madrigals, folk to music theatre, jazz to barbershop, there’ll always be something to suit every taste. And all just for £10! ... £5 if you’re quick enough.* So don’t delay - grab some mates, grab your evening membership and we’ll see you at the bar! Tuesday 3 October Monday 16 October Thursday 26 October (special free gig!) Tuesday 21 November Find out more and book your membership at www.brandenburg.org.uk/fringe-club. * Fringe for a Fiver! The first ten people to book for each Club Night will pay only £5. Book now at www.brandenburg.org.uk/fringe-club

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Saturday 2 September at 6pm St Martin-in-the-Fields Mozart Requiem by candlelight Brandenburg Singers Brandenburg Sinfonia Conductor - Edward Reeve Tickets £33 (premium) £29 £25 £22 £16 £9 Box office: 020 7766 1100 www.smitf.org/music Saturday 2 September at 9pm St Martin-in-the-Fields Rachmaninov Vespers by candlelight The Purcell Singers Conductor - Mark Ford Concert lasts approximately one hour without an interval. Tickets £14 (unreserved) Box office: 020 7766 1100 www.smitf.org/music 13

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14 S unday 10 September at 2pm Gresham Centre Come & Sing Fauré Requiem with Robert Porter Registration 1.45pm Workshop begins 2pm Informal performance 6pm Tickets £12 for participants £5 for audience Box office: 07528 776625 www.brandenburg.org.uk/festival 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 www.u3a.org.uk

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Thursday 14 September at 7pm St Martin-in-the-Fields ReFqauuireém by candlelight Brandenburg Festival Chorus Brandenburg Sinfonia Conductor - Robert Porter Tickets £29 (premium) £25 £22 £18 £13 £9 Box office: 020 7766 1100 www.smitf.org/music Thursday 14 September at 9.30pm AllegriSt Martin-in-the-Fields Miserere by candlelight Victoria O Quam Gloriosum Tallis O Nata Lux Minerva Consort Conductor - John Andrews Concert lasts approximately one hour without an interval. Tickets £14 (unreserved) Box office: 020 7766 1100 www.smitf.org/music 15

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