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sponsored by SPRING SERIES 2018


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Voyages to Antiquity is proud to support Brandenburg and wish you all the best for an outstanding festival. voyagestoantiquity.com


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picture: Mark Thomas Brandenburg Choral Festival of London Thank you for reading this booklet, which introduces the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London’s ninth Spring Series - a very warm welcome to you! We are absolutely delighted to have award-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre as this year’s Artistic Patron. Like Eric, we believe that choral music should be enjoyed by as many people as possible - which is why we put on over 120 concerts every single year, showcasing some of the finest vocal talent in unique central London venues. Bob Porter - Artistic Director Brandenburg Once again we’re looking forward to presenting a full range of choirs this season, including Oxbridge college choirs, professional and semi-professional vocal ensembles, office choirs, choral societies, community groups and many others. They will be performing everywhere from the baroque splendour of St Martin-in-the-Fields to the upstairs rooms of some our favourite city pubs. Turn the pages to find out more. And if you fancy joining in the singing yourself? Then you can either come along to one of our ever-popular Come & Sing days, or make a holiday of it and join us on board our choral cruise, which sets sail in May! Full details of all our events are also available 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 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 EricWhitacre for his support as Artistic Patron, DavidWordsworth 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. I hope to see you at a performance soon. www.brandenburg.org.uk/festival Page 1


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ArTiSTiC pATron “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.” Box office Tickets are available (withnobookingfee)via our website www.brandenburg.org.uk/festival or by phone 07528 776625 (Mon-Sat 10am-5pm). Also in person: on the door on the day (availabilitypermitting), one hour prior to the start of the concert, cash or cheque only. 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 (bookingfeesapply). For all double concerts a combination ticket is available directly from the Box Office at a reduced price. 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. Please see www.brandenburg.org.uk/box-office for further details and access information. www.brandenburg.org.uk/box-office © Brandenburg Choral Festival of London - All Rights Reserved. MMXVIII This guide is designed & produced by Dick Jones - www.jonescreative.co.uk Page 2 BrAndenBurg ChorAL FeSTivAL oF London - SPRInG SERIES 2018


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The TeAm BRANDENBURG CHORAL FESTIVAL OF LONDON The BrAndenBurg TeAm Artistic director Robert Porter Artistic patron Eric Whitacre Associate music director David Wordsworth Associate Conductor Edward Reeve general manager Alison Hunt marketing manager Marc Gascoigne Concert manager Jane Kersley A development officer Rosie Williams Fringe manager naveen Arles Choir manager Sarah Evander press manager Claire Thornton editor Tom Taylor Administrators Karin Hayes Mervion Kirwood Alison Judah Assistant Concert manager Carol Prigent Friends Chairman Tim Rooke print & design Consultant Dick Jones The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London is a collective of like-minded promoters dedicated to the promotion of high quality choral performance including: Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra Ltd, JK Management, Oxford Concert Productions Ltd. Front cover pictures courtesy: Katharine Cree window & Temple Church exterior: Photo John Salmon. License: CC BY-SA 2.0. St Katharine Cree interior: Photo David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0. St Paul’s CG exterior: Photo Patrice78500. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 www.brandenburg.org.uk/festival Page 3


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progrAmme oF ConCerTS Venue abbreviations gWh Grange Wellington Hotel SKC St Katharine Cree hS Horse & Stables SmiTF St Martin-in-the-Fields KCL King's College London SmLB St Mary-le-Bow QCoTS The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy SpCg St Paul's Covent Garden SBWB St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate Tem Temple Church Sat 30 Dec 18:30 SMITF Messiah Brandenburg Festival Chorus Robert Porter Sat 30 Dec 21:30 SMITF A Ceremony of Carols Rodolfus Choir Ralph Allwood Fri 12 Jan 19:30 SKC Brahms Requiem Queen’s Park Singers Oliver Till Sun 14 Jan 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series Thurs 18 Jan 18:00 SPCG Lauridsen Lux Aeterna Oakham School Chamber Choir Peter Davis Sat 20 Jan 19:30 SKC AnthemFest Wimbledon Choral Society neil Ferris Sun 21 Jan 14:00 SPCG Come & Sing Vivaldi with Bob Porter Sun 21 Jan 19:00 SPCG Allegri Miserere Excalibur Voices Duncan Aspden Thurs 25 Jan 19:00 SMITF Vivaldi Gloria Brandenburg Festival Chorus Bob Porter Thurs 25 Jan 21:30 SMITF Allegri Miserere Vivamus Rufus Frowde Sat 27 Jan 19:30 SKC Poulenc Litanies à la Vierge noire Mirabile Vocal Ensemble Anthony Rose Wed 31 Jan 20:00 FRInGE Sat 3 Feb 19:30 SKC Will Todd Jazz Missa Brevis The Angmering Chorale George Jones Mon 5 Feb 20:00 HS FRInGE Fri 9 Feb 19:00 SMITF Fauré Requiem Vivace Chorus Jeremy Backhouse Fri 9 Feb 21:30 SMITF Allegri Miserere Joyful Company of Singers Peter Broadbent Sat 10 Feb 15:00 KCL Come & Sing Spem in alium with Joseph Fort Sat 10 Feb 19:30 SPCG Spem in alium Choir of King's College, London Joseph Fort Sun 11 Feb 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series Mon 12 Feb 19:30 QCOTS Tallis Lamentations I Dodici Gabriel Chernick p14 p14 p15 p15 p16 p16 p17 p17 p18 p18 p19 p19 p20 p20 p21 p21 p22 p22 p23 p23 Page 4 BrAndenBurg ChorAL FeSTivAL oF London - SPRInG SERIES 2018


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progrAmme oF ConCerTS Sun 18 Feb 18:00 SMLB Close Harmony Classics Hardcore Harmony / Capital Connection p24 Christopher Fox & Lauren Pennington/Debi Cox Wed 21 Feb 19:30 SKC Brahms Requiem Choir of St Mary's, Wimbledon Max Barley p24 Fri 23 Feb 19:30 SPCG Angelic Voices Godolphin Vocal Ensemble Olivia Sparkhall p25 Sat 24 Feb 19:30 SKC Howells and the Tudors Khoros Patrick Allies p25 Thu 1 Mar 19:00 SMITF Mozart Requiem Handel Dixit Dominus Choir of Queen's College, Cambridge / Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir Ralph Allwood p26 Thu1 Mar 21:30 SMITF Vespers Choir of royal holloway Rupert Gough p26 Sun 4 Mar 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series Tue 6 Mar 19:45 SMITF Brahms Requiem Medici Choir David Gostick p27 p28 Thu 8 Mar 19:30 SPCG Choirs at Work Citi Choir / Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir Dan Ludford-Thomas / Philip Mitchell p28 Sat 10 Mar 19:30 SKC Mozart Requiem Addison Chamber Choir David Wordsworth p29 Sun 11 Mar 19:00 SMLB Parry I was glad City of Oxford Choir Duncan Aspden p29 Mon 12 Mar 20:00 HS FRInGE p30 Thu 15 Mar 19:30 SKC Rorate Caeli Rubythroat / Trinity Laban Chamber Choir Linda Hirst / Stephen Jackson p30 Fri 16 Mar 19:00 SMLB Masterpieces of the Renaissance Iken Scholars Matthew Dunn p31 Sat 17 Mar 19:00 SMLB Serenissima University of Reading Chamber Choir p31 Patrick Barrett Sun 18 Mar 18:00 SBWB northen Lights The Maidstone Singers Kathryn Ridgeway p32 Sun 18 Mar 20:00 SBWB Allegri Miserere St John's Voices Graham Walker p32 Tue 20 Mar 19:00 TEM Tallis Lamentations Choir of St Catharine's College, Cambridge Edward Wickham p33 Thu 22 Mar 19:30 SPCG A Festival of Female Voices Viva Acappella / Glass Ensemble Gaynor Schofield / Sarah Latto p33 Fri 23 Mar 19:30 SPCG Brief Encounters Addison Jazz Choir Jill Jarman / Matthew Hough p34 Sat 24 Mar 10:00 Give A Gig Youth Music p35 www.brandenburg.org.uk/festival Page 5


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progrAmme oF ConCerTS Venue abbreviations gWh Grange Wellington Hotel SKC St Katharine Cree hS Horse & Stables SmiTF St Martin-in-the-Fields KCL King's College London SmLB St Mary-le-Bow QCoTS The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy SpCg St Paul's Covent Garden SBWB St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate Tem Temple Church Sat 24 Mar 19:00 SMLB Byrd Mass for 4 Voices The Ionian Singers Timothy Salter Mon 26 Mar 19:30 SPCG Adiemus / Land of My Fathers Woolwich Singers Côr Llunsain Emma Bond / Hannah Gill Thu 5 Apr 19:00 SMITF Fauré Requiem Joyful Company of Singers Peter Broadbent Thu 5 Apr 21:30 SMITF Spem in alium Purcell Singers Mark Ford Sat 14 Apr 18:00 SMITF Allegri Miserere Choir of University College, Oxford Giles Underwood Sat 14 Apr 20:00 SMITF Mozart Requiem Twickenham Choral Soiety Christopher Herrick Sun 15 Apr 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series Sat 21 Apr 19:30 SPCG Bach Motets The Ripieno Choir David Hansell Sun 22 Apr 14:00 SPCG Come & Sing Fauré With Bob Porter Sun 22 Apr 19:00 SPCG Cantate Domino BCS Elephant & Castle Choir / Witchert Chorale Onose Obukohwo / David Quinn Mon 23 Apr 20:00 HS FRInGE Tue 24 Apr 14:00 TEM Fauré Requiem Brandenburg Festival Chorus / Brandenburg Singers Robert Porter Fri 27 Apr 19:30 SPCG From Bach to Betjeman Sussex Song Makers Elizabeth Muir-Lewis Sat 28 Apr 19:00 SMLB A Patchwork Requiem Tamesis Chamber Choir Louise Rapple Moore Sat 5 May 19:30 SPCG Choral Contrast Tradewinds / Bellow Fellows Melanie Harrold / Dominic Stichbury Mon 7 May 18:00 SMITF Allegri Miserere Choirs of Churchill College & Murray Edwards College, Cambridge Mark Gotham Mon 7 May 20:00 SMITF Mozart Requiem Charter Choir of Homerton College, Cambridge Daniel Trocmé-Latter Tue 8 May - Fri 18 May Sing at Sea MV Aegean Odyssey with Bob Porter p36 p36 p37 p37 p38 p38 p39 p40 p41 p41 p42 p43 p43 p44 p44 p45 p45 p48 Page 6 BrAndenBurg ChorAL FeSTivAL oF London - SPRInG SERIES 2018


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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 LloydWebber 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. ASSOCIATE MUSICAL DIRECTOR “In a relatively short period of time the Brandenburg Choral Festival has become an important part of London’s busy musical life, giving audiences the chance to hear a hugely diverse collection of choirs sing music old and new in some wonderful venues . I cannot think of another festival like the Brandenburg - it is quite simply unique and I am delighted to have been asked to follow a line of distinguished colleagues and become Associate Musical Director for 2018. I very much look forward to sharing some memorable musical experiences in the year to come.” David Wordsworth www.brandenburg.org.uk/festival Page 7


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venueS grange Wellington hotel 71 vincent Square SW1p 2pA www.grangehotels.com/hotels-london/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 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 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. King’s College London The College Chapel, King's College London, Strand, London WC2r 2LS www.kcl.ac.uk/about/structure/dean/chaplaincy/strand/chapel The College Chapel at the Strand is seen by many as the spiritual heart of the College. It is a focus for Christian worship at the Strand as well as a place of peace in the busy college. Situated in the heart of the Strand campus directly above the Great Hall, the College Chapel is a Grade I listed building designed by the eminent Victorian architect, George Gilbert Scott. 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 HenryVII for homeless people in 1512. It is a beautiful, intimate space for a concert with a fine acoustic and a splendid Walker organ. Page 8 BBrrAAnnddeennBBuurrggCChhoorrAALLFFeeSSTTiivvAALLooFFLLoonnddoonn--SSPPRRIInnGGSSEERRIIEESS22001188


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venueS 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 andWorldWar 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 the Worshipful Company of Bowyers; more recently the interior was completely refurbished and can now be seen again in its full Georgian splendour. 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 SecondWorldWar (with some damage to the roof) and the Baltic Exchange bomb of 1992, 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. St martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square, London WC2n 4Jh Tel: 020 7766 1100 www.smitf.org/music OverlookingTrafalgar 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 mary-le-Bow 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 thatclaim! 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. Christopher Wren built a new church in 1677. 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. www.brandenburg.org.uk/festival > continued over Page 9


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venueS St paul’s Church Covent garden Bedford Street, London WC2e 9ed www.actorschurch.org Located in the heart of theWest 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. Temple Church Temple Church, Temple, London eC4Y 7BB www.templechurch.com The Temple Church is a late-12th-century church in London located between Fleet Street and the River Thames, built for and by the Knights Templar as their English headquarters. In modern times, two Inns of Court (Inner Temple and Middle Temple) both use the church. It is famous for its effigy tombs and for being a round church. It was heavily damaged during the Second World War but has been largely restored. The area around the Temple Church is known as the Temple and nearby is Temple Bar and Temple tube station. The church was featured in the controversial popular novel The Da Vinci Code by American author Dan Brown and was also used as a location in The Da Vinci Code film. The release of the doves in the round church seen in the film relates to the recording of "O for the wings of a dove" made by Ernest Lough, the most famous boy soprano to come from Temple Church. Page 10 BrAndenBurg ChorAL FeSTivAL oF London - SPRInG SERIES 2018


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geT invoLved Why not sign up as a Friend of the Brandenburgs? It is an email service that keeps you up to date with all of our activities. There is no charge, you can withdraw from our mailing list at any time and, because we understand what a pain it can be constantly to receive unwelcome emails, we guarantee not to pass on your address to anyone else. You can sign up at brandenburg.org.uk/sign-up Why not become a Brandenburg Ambassador? Our Ambassadors come along to experience the Festival in a very different way! Meeting and greeting, ushering, selling programmes or manning the bar – these are some of the things that they do to help make the concerts an enjoyable experience for our audiences. This normally involves turning up an hour before the concert, then, after helping out with the organisation, they get to see the concert for free! Ambassadors are a very friendly bunch who can also benefit from special social events - and this is a great way to meet like-minded people and become involved in a high profile series of events. We are always very keen to add to the list, so get in touch! concert@brandenburg.org.uk Brandenburg Festival Loyalty 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. www.brandenburg.org.uk/festival Page 11


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Brandenburg Choral Festival Treat yourself to a Choral Contrast! Roll up, 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! Page 12 BrAndenBurg ChorAL FeSTivAL oF London - SPRInG SERIES 2018


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of London Fringe Club Fringe Diary Dates: Secret venue Wednesday 31st January horse & Stables Monday 5th February horse & Stables Monday 12th March horse & Stables Monday 23rd April Membership costs just £10 Find out more and book your membership at: www.brandenburg.org.uk/fringe-club Any questions? email admin@brandenburg.org.uk or call 07528 776625 on the day for last minute availability *Fringe for a Fiver! The early bird catches the bargain... The first ten people to book each Club night will pay only £5 www.brandenburg.org.uk/festival Page 13



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