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We are delighted to introduce our 2018 Autumn Series, along with our new Artistic Patron, composer Will Todd. Between September and November we’ll be presenting 44 concerts in 15 different venues as we continue our mission to bring choirs of all shapes and sizes into unique central London spaces. And in true Brandenburg Choral Festival style there’ll be something to suit every taste - whether you want to hear Oxbridge choirs sing established masterpieces by Allegri and Vaughan Williams, or be serenaded by a four-person a cappella group at one of our fabulous Fringe Club evenings. Turn the pages or head to www.brandenburg.org.uk/festival to find out more. To keep up-to-date with all Festival goings-on, find us on Facebook or Twitter, or sign-up for our free e-newsletter. And don’t forget to ask a Brandenburg Ambassador about our popular Festival Loyalty Cards - repeat visits to the Festival earn you free tickets! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our Artistic Patron, Will Todd, our Associate Music Director, David Wordsworth, our headline sponsors Grange Hotels and Voyages to Antiquity, our fantastic team of Ambassadors and everyone else whose hard work makes this Festival possible. I hope to see you at a performance soon. Bob Porter, Artistic Director, Brandenburg Cover photo credit: Marc Gascoigne “A beautiful choral concert, and a wonderful programme of music to inspire the soul. We were blown away.” - Lucy “A wonderful opportunity to enjoy beautiful music in an historic church.” - Anne “Choir music as it's meant to be heard. Let your mind wander into bliss.” - Ricardo Audience reviews for the Spring 2018 Festival 3


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4 Box Office 2018 Festival Concert Guide Tickets are available (with no booking fee) via www.brandenburg.org.uk/festival or by phone 07528 776625 (Mon-Sat 10am-5pm). Also in person: on the door on the day (availability permitting), 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 and by phone 020 7766 1100 (booking fees apply). For all double-concert days 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 the website below for further details and access information. www.brandenburg.org.uk/box-office GWH HS HTC QCOTS SBWA SBWB SGP Grange Wellington Hotel Horse & Stables Holy Trinity Church The Queen's Chapel of the Savoy St Botolph-without-Aldgate St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate St Gabriel’s Pimlico SKC St Katharine Cree SMITF St Martin-in-the-Fields SMITF* St Martin’s Café in the Crypt SMLB St Mary-le-Bow SPCG St Paul's Covent Garden SSGR St Stephen’s Gloucester Road SSN St Sepulchre-without-Newgate Sat 01 Sep 18:00 SMITF Allegri Miserere Sat 01 Sep 20:00 SMITF Mozart Requiem Mon 03 Sep 20:00 HS FRINGE Wed 05 Sep 20:00 SMITF* Jazz in the Crypt Sun 09 Sep 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series Thu 13 Sep 19:00 SMITF Mozart Requiem Thu 13 Sep 21:30 SMITF Spem in alium Fri 14 Sep 20:00 SPCG Requiem to Cancer Sat 15 Sep 14:00 SSN Come & Sing Mass in Blue Sat 15 Sep 19:00 SSN Jazz Gig Thu 20 Sep 19:30 SKC We will remember them Sat 22 Sep 19:30 HTC Ēriks Ešenvalds Stars The Choir of Pembroke College, Anna Lapwood Cambridge p13 Brandenburg Festival Chorus Robert Porter p13 p14 London International Gospel Choir Naveen Arles p14 p15 Whitehall Choir Joanna Tomlinson p16 Faire Sans Dire Simon Toyne p16 For Cancer Research p18 with Will Todd Will Todd p19 James Pearson p19 City Consort of Voices Tim Crosley p20 The London Estonian, Kristi Jagodin, Lilija Zobens, p20 Latvian and Lithuanian Choirs Rita Gužauskienė


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2018 Festival Concert Guide Thu 27 Sep 19:00 SMITF Fauré Requiem Invicta Voices Thu 27 Sep 21:30 SMITF Allegri Miserere Laban Chapel Choir Old Royal Naval College Trinity Fri 28 Sep 19:30 SBWB Howells Requiem Evoke and Anglistenchor Heidelberg Sat 29 Sep 19:30 SKC Summertime Wooburn Singers Sun 30 Sep 19:00 SMLB Tavener Svyati Vocalino Wettingen Mon 01 Oct 20:00 HS FRINGE Sat 06 Oct 20:00 SSGR Messiah with Brass Brandenburg Festival Chorus Sun 07 Oct 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series Sat 13 Oct 19:00 SMLB Europe in Harmony Felicitas Tue 16 Oct 19:30 SKC Chilcott A Little Jazz Mass Etcetera - the Civil Service Choir Sat 20 Oct 19:30 SSN Baroque Classics vOx Chamber Choir Thu 25 Oct 19:00 SMITF Vivaldi Gloria Pegasus Choir Thu 25 Oct 21:30 SMITF Allegri Miserere I Dodici Sat 27 Oct 19:30 SBWB Chilcott My Heart's Friend Maidstone Singers Notability Denise Jones Sun 28 Oct 14:00 SPCG Come & Sing Parry with Addison Oratorio Choir Sun 28 Oct 19.30 SPCG Parry and beyond Addison Chamber Choir Thu 01 Nov 19:00 SMITF Vivaldi Four Seasons & Gloria Inner Voices Thu 01 Nov 21:30 SMITF Rachmaninov Vespers The Fisher Consort Matthew Bamford Ralph Allwood Victoria Ely, Jan Wilke Tom Hammond-Davies David Rossel Robert Porter Simon Winters Stephen Hall OBE David Crown Matthew Altham Gabriel Chernick Kathryn Ridgeway David Wordsworth David Wordsworth Ralph Allwood Jonathan Schranz p21 p21 p22 p22 p23 p23 p24 p24 p25 p25 p26 p26 p27 p27 p28 p28 p29 p29 Fri 02 Nov 19:30 SBWA Lotti Crucifixus Howells Requiem Voce Nova Omnia Voices Sat 03 Nov 11:00 SGP Come & Sing with Rodolfus Choir Vivaldi Gloria & Fauré Requiem Ralph Allwood Sun 04 Nov 17:30 GWH Brandenburg Sunday Series Mon 05 Nov 20:00 HS FRINGE Sat 10 Nov 14:00 HTC Come & Sing The Armed Man with Joanna Tomlinson Joanna Tomlinson Sun 11 Nov 19:00 SMLB In Remembrance The Minerva Consort John Andrews Tue 13 Nov 20:00 FRINGE Wed 14 Nov 19:00 QCOTS Vaughan Williams Mass in G Minor The Chapel Choir of Worcester Thomas Allery College Oxford Fri 16 Nov 19:00 SMITF Vivaldi Gloria Addison Chamber Choir David Wordsworth Fri 16 Nov 21:30 SMITF Parry I Was Glad Choir of Royal Holloway Rupert Gough Sat 17 Nov 19:30 SSN A night with DisneyVoices Choir Disney Voices Choir Emma Taylor Sun 18 Nov 18:00 SSGR Britten Ceremony of Carols The Bromley Boy Singers Travis Baker Fri 23 Nov 19:00 SMLB Howells Requiem Iken Scholars Matthew Dunn Sat 24 Nov 19:00 SMITF Mozart Requiem Old Royal Naval College Trinity Ralph Allwood Laban Chapel Choir and Choir of Queens’College, Cambridge Sat 24 Nov 21:30 SMITF Rachmaninov Vespers vOx Chamber Choir David Crown 5 p30 p30 p31 p32 p32 p33 p33 p34 p34 p35 p35 p36 p36 p37 p37


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6 VENUES Grange Wellington Hotel 71 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PA www.grangehotels.com/hotelslondon/grange-wellington [rail] London Victoria (10 mins ) [tubPimlico and St James’s Park (10 min ) In 1828 the Duke of Wellington, victor of the Battle ofWaterloo 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 [ Lambeth North (1 min ) [rail] London Waterloo (8 mins ) The Horse & Stables is a truly unique part of the fabric of this London district, having been on this site for nearly 200 years. A stone’s throw from Waterloo, this family-run pub and hostel is a traditional pub with a twist… owners Steven and Magdalena Chapman acquired the historic building in 2013, bringing with them a touch of real ale and fine American cuisine.The result is a feel-good environment, frequently filled with the sound of live music and laughter from comedy nights. Our Fringe Club nights will take place in the decadent upstairs function room with charming vintage features, including a high ceiling decorated with gold muralsof thetwelvesignsofthezodiac.Pleasenotethat access to this room is via a staircase and there is no lift. Holy Trinity Church Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BA www.htsk.co.uk [tube] Gloucester Road or South Kensington (12-13 mins ) HolyTrinity Church began its history as a chapel in the Knightsbridge area, attached to a leper hospital founded by Westminster Abbey. The chapel was rebuilt in 1629 and 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. When the current site for Holy Trinity Church was found it was in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 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 from Westminster to Kensington. The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy Savoy Hill, Strand, London WC2R 0DA www.royalchapelsavoy.org [rail] Charing Cross (7 mins ) [tube] Temple (7 mins ) 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 splendidWalker organ.


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VENUES St Botolph-without-Aldgate Aldgate High Street, London EC3N 1AB www.stbotolphs.org.uk [rail] Fenchurch Street (5 mins ) [tube] Aldgate East (5 mins ) There has been a church on this site for over 1000 years, with the first Rector, Norman, recorded in 1108. The original Saxon building was enlarged in 1418 and almost entirely rebuilt in the next century, lasting until 1739 when it was demolished as unsafe. The present building was finished in 1744 and is the work of George Dance the Elder, who also built Mansion House, official home of the Lord Mayor of London. Towards the end of the nineteenth century the interior of the church was remodelled by J F Bentley, architect of the Roman Catholic Cathedral at Westminster. His work survived the bombs which fell on this part of London duringWorldWar II; in 1941 a bomb pierced the roof near the organ but failed to explode. St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3TL www.botolph.org.uk [rail]Liverpool Street (3mins ) [tube Bank or Moorgate (10 mins ) 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 into disrepair and was demolished in 1725. Its replacement was built in 1729 to designs by James Gould, under the supervision of George Dance. Having survivedWorld War II with the loss of only one window, on 24 April 1993 it was damaged by the Baltic Exchange bomb. Restoration work following the bombing included a fine new stained glass window commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Bowyers. More recently the interiorhasbeencompletely refurbished and cannow be seen again in its full Georgian splendour. St Gabriel's Pimlico Warwick Square, London SW1V 2AD www.stgabrielspimlico.com [rail] London Victoria (8mins ) [tube] Pimlico (8 mins ) 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 south-west end of Warwick Square and £5,000 for the building of a church.The building was designed byThomas Cundy Junior, Surveyor of the Grosvenor Estates, and was consecrated in May 1853. Over the years, various improvements and extensions have been made, including the addition of the Lady Chapel at the south end, and the insertion of the beautiful east window designed by C E Kempe, one of the great Victorian stained-glass window designers. During World War II a single bomb blew out most of the windows, but spared the east window - this now forms a magnificent centre piece in this light and airy, cathedral-like venue. St Katharine Cree 86 Leadenhall St, London EC3A 3BP www.sanctuaryinthecity.net [rail] Fenchurch Street (4 mins ) [tube] Aldgate (4 mins ) or Bank (10 mins ) Now known as the Guild Church to Finance, Commerce and Industry, the present building dates from 1630, although the tower dates from 1504 and belonged to 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 and the church is Grade I listed, having survived the Great Fire of 1666, World War II (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, London WC2N 4JH www.smitf.org [rail Charing Cross (3 mins ) OverlookingTrafalgar Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields 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. St Martin's is also home to Café in the Crypt, host to our Jazz in the Crypt nights. St Paul’s Church Covent Garden Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED www.actorschurch.org [rail] Charing Cross (6 mins ) Covent Garden (3 mins ) 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, its award-winning courtyard garden is a haven of tranquility in the busyWest End. St Mary-le-Bow Cheapside, London EC2V 6AU www.stmarylebow.co.uk [tube] Mansion House or St Paul’s (4 mins ) 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! From 1469 to 1876 the bells rang the curfew at 9 o’clock each evening, which 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 but the bells 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 Sepulchre-without-Newgate Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ www.stsepulchres.org [rail] City Thameslink (1 min ) [tube] St Paul’s (3 mins ) St Sepulchre’s 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 here, 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 [tube] Gloucester Road (3 mins ) 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.


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THE BRANDENBURG TEAM admin@brandenburg.org.uk Artistic Director Robert Porter Artistic Patron Will Todd Associate Music Director David Wordsworth Associate Conductor Edward Reeve Choir Manager Sarah Evander General Manager Alison Hunt Concert Manager Jane Kersley Marketing Manager Marc Gascoigne Assistant Concert Manager Carol Prigent Editor Tom Taylor Development Officer Rosie Williams Fringe Manager Naveen Arles Friends Chairman Tim Rooke Commercial Director Garry Lace Press Manager Claire Thornton Print & Design Dick Jones Adminstrators Karin Hayes Alison Judah Mervion Kirwood 2018 ARTISTIC PATRON WILL TODD “The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London goes from strength to strength, and this year’s programme is a varied feast of music making. I am so thrilled to be this year’s Artistic Patron and wish everyone involved in the Festival the very best for another series of fantastic concerts.” 9 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. picture credit Andy Holdsworth


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10 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 CHORAL 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. 2018 ASSOCIATE MUSIC DIRECTOR DAVID WORDSWORTH “In a relatively short period of time the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London 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 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.” 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 hi-jinx in the Brandenburg Choral Festival Fringe Club. 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! Monday 3 September - Horse & Stables Monday 1 October - Horse & Stables Monday 5 November - Horse & Stables Tuesday 13 November - Secret Central London Venue 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 1 September at 6pm St Martin-in-the-Fields Allegri Miserere by candlelight The Choir of Pembroke College, Cambridge Conductor - Anna Lapwood Concert lasts approximately one hour without an interval Tickets £15 (unreserved) Box office: 020 7766 1100 www.brandenburg.org.uk/september Saturday 1 September at 8pm St Martin-in-the-Fields Mozart Requiem by candlelight Brandenburg Festival Chorus Brandenburg Sinfonia Conductor - Robert Porter Tickets £36 (premium) £32 £29 £22 £16 £9 Box office: 020 7766 1100 www.brandenburg.org.uk/september 13


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14 Monday 3 September at 8pm Wednesday 5 September at 8pm Horse & Stables St Martin’s Café in the Crypt Fringe Club Jazz in the Night Crypt Visit www.brandenburg.org.uk/fringe-club for further details about performers Membership £10 for the evening See Fringe details on page 12 London International Gospel Choir Conductor - Naveen Arles Tickets £15 £12 £8 Box office: 020 7766 1100 www.brandenburg.org.uk/september


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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 Sunday 9 September at 5.30pm Grange Wellington Hotel 15 Brandenburg Sunday Series The perfect Sunday treat - a relaxing, early-evening concert in beautiful surroundings. And for full indulgence, book in early for the Grange Afternoon Tea - or even an overnight stay! Tickets £18 children £5 Box office: 07528 776625 www.brandenburg.org.uk/september



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